Chicago ATF boss nominated as national director

November 15, 2010 (WASHINGTON) The White House's full press release is posted below.

Andrew Traver, Nominee for Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of Justice

Andrew Traver is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Since 2004, Mr. Traver has overseen all investigations of the illicit use and trafficking of firearms and explosives and the commission of arson, and directed all ATF law enforcement programs within the state of Illinois. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the San Francisco Field Division of ATFE, where he supervised criminal enforcement offices in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, California. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Traver served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the New Orleans Field Division of ATFE, where he coordinated all criminal enforcement efforts throughout the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. From 1998 to 2000, he was a criminal investigator in the Office of Inspection in ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Traver served as a Group Supervisor in the Philadelphia Field Division of ATF. In 1987, he joined ATF and began his career as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division.

Mr. Traver served as a board member of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association and the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Executives Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Returning Combat Veterans Research Project.

Mr. Traver holds a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is also a Naval Officer Candidate School graduate and served aboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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