- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2003

FBI Agent Gary M. Bald, who played a significant role in the apprehension of convicted D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad and suspect Lee Boyd Malvo as head of the bureau’s Baltimore field office, has been chosen to head the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

As inspector-deputy assistant director, Mr. Bald — a 26-year FBI veteran — will oversee operations in international and domestic terrorism and in terrorist financing. The appointment to the bureau’s third-highest antiterrorism post at FBI headquarters was announced last week by agency Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Mr. Bald, an Annapolis-area native who spent 14 months as head of the Baltimore field office, was pressed into service in the sniper investigation just four days after arriving in that city.

Former Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose credited Mr. Bald, along with Agent Michael Bouchard of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with playing a key role in the probe. Chief Moose, Mr. Bald and Mr. Bouchard were the only members of the sniper task force to speak with the news media during the 23-day standoff.

Mr. Bald was the commander on the scene when Muhammad and Mr. Malvo were arrested by federal and state agents. The two were asleep in their 1990 Chevrolet Caprice at a rest stop off Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md. They were taken into custody without incident.

In Baltimore, Mr. Bald shifted the office’s focus toward antiterrorism to match the FBI’s post-September 11 mission by adding more supervisors, including two state police lieutenants, to improve intelligence and strengthen a threat-response team. He was the eighth agent-in-charge of the Baltimore office in the past 13 years.

Mr. Bald began his career with the FBI in 1977 in the laboratory division. In 1981, he transferred to Albany, N.Y., where he investigated corruption and drug matters. In 1989, he was transferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility in Washington, where he was responsible for conducting and directing investigations of internal misconduct.

In 1991, he was transferred to Newark, N.J., where he had supervisory responsibility for organized crime and drug investigations and coordinated the FBI’s drug investigations in New Jersey. A year later, Mr. Bald was transferred to the Inspection Division in Washington, where he was responsible for evaluating the operational and administrative effectiveness of FBI field, headquarters and legal attache operations.

In 1996, he was selected to be the chief of the policy, planning and analysis unit in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he managed the FBI’s role in drug task forces. That same year, he was promoted to the position of assistant special agent in charge in Atlanta.

He was later detailed to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, where he headed a high-profile organized crime/corruption investigation in January 1999.

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