Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
James H. "Chip" Burrus, who has headed the FBI's criminal investigative division in an acting capacity since February, has been named as its permanent chief, responsible for coordinating, managing and directing the bureau's criminal investigative programs nationwide.
"Chip brings an extensive background in criminal investigations and great leadership qualities to the [assistant director] position," said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. "He has the skills and vision to lead the intelligence and technology driven work of today's FBI, and I'm confident he will help us stay a step ahead of new threats and trends in the criminal arena."
The division focuses on public corruption, violation of civil rights, gangs, organized crime, financial crimes including corporate and health care fraud, violent crimes and victim assistance.
A 23-year FBI veteran, Mr. Burrus recently was among 100 FBI and U.S. law-enforcement officials who attended the second annual Gang Enforcement Conference in San Salvador, which targeted the activities of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The conference, also attended by top officials from Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, focused on how to combat the gang that has been implicated in numerous slayings throughout the United States.
"What it did for me is it gave me an insight of what the gang looks like, not only in El Salvador and Central American countries but what it perhaps looks like here," Mr. …