Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed Donald E. Oswald the special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Division. In this role, he will oversee the FBI’s operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He most recently served as the chief inspector in the Office of Inspections.
Mr. Oswald entered on duty as a special agent in May 1992. He served in the Los Angeles Division and investigated bank robberies and street gang activities and also served as a division legal advisor. In 1994, he transferred to the New York Division, where he investigated complex multi-agency public corruption matters. Mr. Oswald also served for more than three years as associate division counsel in the New York Division.
Mr. Oswald was promoted in February 2000 to supervisory special agent in the Office of the General Counsel at FBI Headquarters and was assigned to the Investigative Law Unit. There, he provided advice and counsel concerning investigative operations and proposed undercover operations. Mr. Oswald’s tour at FBI Headquarters also included an assignment as assistant inspector in the Office of Inspections.
In July 2003, Mr. Oswald was transferred to the Miami Division as a field supervisor for the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force squad, which was responsible for investigating matters related to state sponsors of terrorism. He also served as the division’s international terrorism program coordinator and was responsible for assisting with evaluating resource utilization and progress toward the goals and objectives of seven counterterrorism squads.
Mr. Oswald was promoted in December 2005 to assistant special agent in charge of the Miami Division’s Field Intelligence Group, which included oversight of surveillance operations. Mr. Oswald also served as the chairman of the Southeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force’s investigations and intelligence committee and is distinguished as the first federal official to serve in such a capacity in the state of Florida.
During 2008, Mr. Oswald served on the FBI’s Strategic Execution Team (SET), developing plans for the phased implementation of the intelligence operations portion of the SET mission, for which he received a Director’s Award for excellence in intelligence analysis.
In December 2008, Mr. Oswald was promoted into the FBI’s senior executive service in the Inspection Division.
Mr. Oswald was born in Brick Township, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Air Force and New Jersey Air National Guard and received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Trenton State College in New Jersey. Later, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Nova University Law School and became a member of the Florida bar.
Before joining the FBI, he served as a police officer and detective in Brick Township and as a deputy sheriff and detective in Broward County, Florida. After graduating from law school, he practiced law and was appointed as a traffic magistrate for Broward County, where he presided in traffic court.