FBI special agent in charge of the city that never sleeps
It could be a crime movie script, yet the story of George Venizelos is true down to the last detail. The 54 year-old has been in charge of the FBI’s New York Division since March 2010. His promotion was triggered by the transfer of his predecessor to Washington after a sex scandal. Still, this in no way undermines the success of G. Venizelos, who served as assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Division from March till August , 2010. In September 2010, he was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
The agent of Greek origin graduated from Fordham University in 1982 with a Bachelor in Accounting Sciences and began his career working in FBI’s accounts department. During the next four years he served as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, before finally joining the FBI.
Among his duties is the selection of the most suitable candidates for the Agency from thousands of applicants- a fact that proves the trust bestowed upon him by his superiors. He admits that his job necessitates sacrifices on a personal level. Although the married father of four, for several years he had to keep changing places of job and residence.
The 54 year old has an impressive business profile. In April 1991 he was assigned to the Boston Division handling so-called “white-collar crime matters”, while in August 1997 he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Rrussian Organized Crime Unit at the FBI Headquarters in Washington.
In 2003, under the fear of terrorists attacks like the ones on 9/11, he was placed in New York’s Counterterrorism Division, dealing with domestic terrorism and all kinds of terrorist threats to the city.