FBI Selects First African American Agent To Lead Chicago Office

Keith Johnson
September 17, 2019 - 9:02 am
Emmerson Buie Jr.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The FBI has selected its first African American agent to lead its field office in Chicago.

FBI Director Christopher Wray named Emmerson Buie Jr. as the special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office.

The 27-year veteran of the FBI will be Chicago's first African American agent-in-charge. 

He began his career with the agency in 1992 and was assigned to the Colorado Springs Resident Agency of the Denver Field Office, where he investigated criminal matters. He was promoted to supervisory special agent in 1999 and was assigned to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Buie did spend some time in Illinois, working as the senior supervisory resident agent at the Fairview Heights Resident Agency, under the Springfield Field Office. In 2008, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of criminal matters and subsequently served over national security and administrative matters in the Springfield Field Office. He also served as the office’s leadership development coordinator.

Most recently, he served as the special agent in charge of the El Paso Field Office in Texas. He took the call last month when a mass shooter killed 22 people inside an El Paso Walmart.

Prior to joining the FBI, Buie served for four years in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and served in Desert Storm. He was awarded a Bronze Star, Combat Infantry badge, and multiple accommodations and awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.

Buie, 54, will take over the Chicago’s field office next month, replacing Jeffrey Sallet, who’s led the office since 2017.

Buie is considered an expert in cyber security, human smuggling and corruption investigations.