Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Daphne Hearn special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s San Diego Division. Ms. Hearn most recently served as the SAC of the Administrative Division in Los Angeles.
Ms. Hearn began her career as a special agent with the FBI in December 1991. She first reported to the Buffalo Division, where she worked a variety of programs, including the initiation of an organized crime investigation into a large-scale, international illegal gambling operation with ties to La Cosa Nostra (LCN) families in several cities. In May 1998, she transferred to the Chicago Division, where she worked on the Organized Crime Task Force investigating the LCN’s long-term control over the town of Cicero, Illinois.
In late 1999, Ms. Hearn was promoted to the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. While there, she managed a national LCN initiative involving 25 of the FBI’s 56 field offices. In May 2002, Ms. Hearn began a 14-month assignment as an assistant inspector with the Office of Inspections, where she led teams during inspections of FBI field divisions, headquarters divisions, and overseas legal attaché offices.
She was promoted to the position of supervisory special agent in the Kansas City Division in August 2003, where she supervised the Special Operations Group, the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (HARCFL), and the Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF). The HARCFL and the CCTF consisted of 25 special agents, task force officers, and support personnel from 11 agencies.
In November 2005, Ms. Hearn was selected to serve as the assistant section chief in the International Operations Division, where she successfully managed all administrative aspects of the FBI Headquarters country-specific units that provide an FBI presence around the world.
Ms. Hearn was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Investigative Services Branch at the Washington Field Office in September 2007. While there, she managed all field office mission-critical support components, including aviation, surveillance, and technical assets. In October 2008, she was named special assistant to Director Mueller. In this role, she consulted with the FBI’s executive management to assist Director Mueller in his daily operational and administrative oversight of the FBI.
In January 2010, Ms. Hearn was named SAC of the Intelligence Division in Los Angeles. Later that year, she was named SAC of the Counterintelligence/Cyber/Administrative Division, and in October 2011, when the Los Angeles divisions were realigned, she was made SAC of the new Administrative Division.
Ms. Hearn was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas in 1987.