DEBORAH ANN BURNS
Debbie was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 36 years retiring in July 2010 as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque New Mexico FBI Field Division where her primary responsibilities centered on the Executive Management of all the Criminal Programs National Security Programs in New Mexico and developed extensive liaison with state, local, tribal, federal and international agencies. Debbie was responsible for supervision of all administration and financial matters, the training and firearms programs, the Evidence Response Team, which continually produced the highest accomplishments of any division in the FBI and was On-Scene Commander on numerous SWAT operations, as well as the overall management of the professional support staff. She initiated the formation of two violent gang task forces to force multiply the limited resources within the division to address Southwest Border Issues, Gang-Related Violence, and Indian Country violations. Debbie has served as a Special Agent in the Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas Divisions, and Supervisor in both the Dallas Division and FBI Headquarters including a tour as Acting Assistant Legal Attaché in Nassau, Bahamas.
During her career, Debbie has extensive experience in White Collar Crime investigations i.e.: Financial Institution Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Environmental Crime, and Anti Trust; Public Corruption; Violent Crimes; and Drug and Gang Investigations. Debbie served as an undercover agent in several high profile investigations to include an operation involving pervasive and systemic corruption in the South Carolina legislature which resulted in numerous convictions of legislators and lobbyists on Hobbs Act and drug charges. She also worked as an undercover agent and subsequently lead investigator in an investigation targeting a prominent savings and loan figure on a $100 million dollar bankruptcy fraud which was recognized as one of the most successful Bankruptcy Fraud investigations in the history of the FBI. Debbie has lead investigations in a Safe Streets Task Force investigation targeting Auto Theft/Chop Shops, cargo and heavy equipment thefts resulting in 90 convictions, $7 million in recoveries and seizures of vehicles/heavy equipment. Debbie supervised a White Collar Crime squad and subsequently, following the 9/11/2001 attacks was placed in charge of forming a new Counterterrorism squad targeting Al Qaeda which became part of the multi agency North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force. During her FBI Headquarters assignment she served as a supervisor in the Office of the Chief Information Office, the Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit, and the National Security Branch.
Debbie has received numerous awards during her tenure with the FBI, to include a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation Award for a sensitive espionage investigation and numerous letters of commendation from the FBI Director, the United States Attorney's Offices, as well as the Department of Justice Bank Fraud Task Force.
She has a BBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an Associate's Degree from Oklahoma State University. She attended the Kellogg School of Management "Navigating Strategic Change", Executive Development Institute training, Undercover Certification/Instructor, Advanced Management Seminar, Critical Incident Response training, Border Corruption Initiative Management, and National Security Division Training.