Louisville FBI agent named Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch

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WASHINGTON (WBKO) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray has announced that the special agent in charge of the bureau's Louisville Division will be taking over as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.

Amy Hess most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Louisville Division. Prior to that, she led the Science and Technology Branch as executive assistant director.

Ms. Hess entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City Field Office, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Hess has held multiple prominent leadership positions in the FBI. In 1999, she moved to the Louisville Field Office, where she worked domestic terrorism matters before being promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism/ counterintelligence squad. She then served as a team leader in the FBI’s Inspection Division. In 2007, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, Tucson Resident Agency. During her assignment in Tucson, Ms. Hess temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. In 2008, Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters as chief of staff in the National Security Branch. She then became a section chief in the International Operations Division before being appointed special agent in charge of the Memphis Field Office in 2010. In 2011, Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant director of the Operational Technology Division, and, in 2014, she became the executive assistant director over the Science and Technology Branch.

Ms. Hess holds a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.