Dallas FBI head to leave agency for private sector

The Houston Chronicle on January 30, 2012 released the following:

“DALLAS (AP) — The head of the FBI’s Dallas field office is planning to retire from the agency after five years in command, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.

Robert E. Casey will leave the bureau April 30 to take a job in the private sector, FBI spokeswoman Lydia Maese said. She declined to say where Casey was going.

Casey, 54, was appointed in May 2006 to head the Dallas field office, which supervises 12 satellite offices in North and East Texas. After working as a Houston police officer, Casey joined the FBI in September 1986 and worked in field offices in Phoenix, Chicago and Miami, as well as at the agency’s Washington headquarters, according to his official biography.

During his tenure in Dallas, FBI agents investigated and arrested a Jordanian man, Hosam Smadi, after he pressed a button thinking he was detonating a bomb that would blow up a 60-story Dallas office tower and kill thousands of people. An undercover agent had tried but failed to talk Smadi out of the plot, and the bomb was a fake.

Smadi was sentenced in 2010 to 24 years in prison.

Casey was also the subject of death threats from a fired FBI agent, who was sentenced last year to two years in prison for retaliating against a federal official.

Casey declined to comment on his departure.

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana, the top federal prosecutor in Dallas, said through a spokeswoman that her office had “the greatest respect for and the admiration of the job Mr. Casey has done.”

“He has been a tireless leader in working with our office to further the ends of justice in our community,” she said.”

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