Chief of region's FBI office to retire

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 13, 2009; 1:32 PM

One of the region's top FBI agents has announced he is retiring on Christmas day.

Joseph Persichini, Jr., has served as the chief of the Washington Field Office, which covers the District and Northern Viriginia, since 2006. Leading the Washington Field Office is one of highest profile assignments in federal law enforcement. During his 33-year FBI career, Persichini has worked out of FBI offices in Alexandria, Denver, New York and Miami.

In a brief phone interview, Persichini said he chose Dec. 25 as his final day on the job as a "Christmas gift for my wife."

He said he told his staff about his retirement plans on Thursday.

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