Stephen Richardson, formerly special agent in charge of the mobile division at the FBI, has been appointed assistant director in charge of support personnel and resources at the bureau’s operational technology division.
In his previous role, Richardson’s team was nominated for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for the 2013 rescue of a kidnapping victim, the FBI said June 2.
Richardson joined the bureau in 1996 as a special agent with specialties in white collar crime, hate crime, violent crime, public corruption and gang activity.
He helped form the Western District of Louisiana’s first task force on violent crime and was a member of the SWAT team before he moved to the counterterrorism field.
Richardson is also a former program manager of the FBI’s counterterrorism division then unit chief of the Counterterrorism Watch Center.
During service in his home state of Tennessee, Richardson worked as a supervisory special agent in charge of the criminal enterprise and violent crime squad and starting an independent cyber squad.
The former Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent is also a recipient of the TBI Medal of Valor and TBI Employee of the Year award.