Head of FBI's DC office announces retirement

October 18, 2012 - 1:35 PM
FBI Retirement

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011 file photo, James McJunkin, the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office of the FBI, speaks to the media about an unconfirmed terror threat to the city, in Washington. McJunkin told colleagues today he is retiring after two years in that job and 25 years with the bureau. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the FBI's Washington field office is retiring after two years in that job and 25 years with the bureau.

James McJunkin told colleagues about his decision in an email Thursday.

The former Pennsylvania state trooper rose through the ranks of the FBI while developing an expertise in counterterrorism investigations. As assistant director of the counterterrorism division, McJunkin oversaw investigations into terrorism cases, violent crime and government corruption.

McJunkin joined the FBI as a special agent in 1987 and served in the San Antonio, Atlanta and Washington offices.