Monday, July 15, 2013 | 12:08 p.m.
A special assistant to FBI Director Robert Muller who once directed the terrorism investigations in Nevada will return to the FBI’s Las Vegas division as its leader.
Laura A. Bucheit will be the special agent in charge of the office, the FBI announced in a news release today.
From January 2005 until September 2007, Bucheit was supervisory special agent of the Joint Terrorism Task Force based in Las Vegas, where she oversaw all FBI international and domestic terrorism investigations in Nevada. As such, she was responsible for coordinating the efforts of 48 members representing 26 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
According to a news release, Bucheit began her career as an FBI special agent in February 1996 in Baltimore, where she was the Baltimore Division’s first female SWAT team member and where she became the second certified female sniper in FBI history.
In January 2003, she was promoted to supervisory special agent at FBI headquarters to provide guidance and oversight of the FBI’s criminal undercover program. After her stint in Las Vegas, she returned to FBI Headquarters to serve in the inspection division. In January 2009, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco division with oversight responsibility for all criminal programs. In February 2010, she was appointed as Mueller’s special assistant.
Prior to her appointment to the FBI, Bucheit spent five years as an officer with the San Diego Police Department. She also had been employed as a contract performance consultant at the Naval Special Warfare Center, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training Center in Coronado, Calif.