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Albuquerque head of FBI retiring after 25 years

James Langenberg (FBI)

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The head of the FBI in Albuquerque is hanging it up.

James C. Langenberg, special agent in charge since 2018, will retire Saturday after spending a quarter century with the agency. The FBI has not said who will replace him.

In a statement, Langenberg called his time in Albuquerque “an honor and a privilege.”

“Throughout my career, I have focused on the people, the partnerships, and the mission. The entire FBI team enabled me to succeed in New Mexico, and I will be forever grateful for their enduring support,” he said.

Langenberg said that during his two years here, he focused on combating threats to national security, such as terrorist attacks, and securing the country’s secrets through a “robust counterintelligence program,” as well as handling cyber threats at home and abroad.

Langenberg said the FBI helped decrease crime through task forces and the “Guardian squad,” which gathers information on possible threats, and shares it with local, state, tribal and federal agencies.

Tim Johnson, interim secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, said in a statement that he is “sincerely grateful” for the partnerships formed between the FBI and DPS under Langenberg’s watch.

“I can say with zero reluctance that the contributions of SAC Langenberg – and all the excellent FBI agents he commanded – toward a safer New Mexico will be greatly missed,” Johnson said.

Langenberg started his FBI career in Albuquerque in 1996, according to the release, where he investigated “white-collar crime, counterintelligence and violent crime,” and served as a certified sniper with the SWAT team.

The release says Langenberg rose through the ranks and, in 2003, transferred to the Omaha division, where he was eventually promoted to assistant special agent in charge and oversaw the office’s National Security Branch.

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