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FBI Names 6th Counterterrorism Chief Since 9/11

Wednesday, December 29, 2004; Page A17

The FBI announced the appointment yesterday of its sixth counterterrorism director since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, underscoring the bureau's struggle to retain executives in senior positions.

Willie T. Hulon, a 21-year FBI veteran who until recently headed the bureau's Detroit office, was named newest chief of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division.

Willie T. Hulon was promoted.

Two of Hulon's predecessors have retired, while three others moved to other FBI jobs, including deputy director John S. Pistole and Gary M. Bald, who now oversees counterterrorism and counterintelligence programs.

All of the FBI's senior positions have turned over at least once since the Sept. 11 attacks, and many have changed hands numerous times. FBI officials have said they are working against lucrative opportunities in the private sector and the unique pressures of attempting to prevent terrorist attacks.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III also announced two other senior appointments yesterday: Louis M. Reigell III as chief of the Cyber Division and Thomas E. Bush III as head of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

-- Dan Eggen

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