Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Working on the First Coast; A Private Investigator with an FBI Background Casey Sees New Clients Likely to Be More Corporate Than Governmental

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Working on the First Coast; A Private Investigator with an FBI Background Casey Sees New Clients Likely to Be More Corporate Than Governmental

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Byline: Drew Dixon

After 25 years of service in the FBI and four as the special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division, James Casey is leaving to start his own business - in investigations.

The 53-year-old Casey steps down from running the Jacksonville operation today. On Thursday, he begins his new gig in the private sector running James M. Casey, LLC, Intelligence/Diligence/Risk, a firm designed to look into corporate and government programs that could involve white collar crime and compliance issues.

Casey acknowledged he'll be a one-man operation at his office that will be located in the EverBank Building, 501 Riverside Ave., in Jacksonville. But he will work with several contractors and specialize in security and investigative services.

Casey leaves a career in law enforcement that included details in 2004 and 2005 with the National Security Council in Washington, where he served under Condoleezza Rice when she was National Security Advisor.

Casey said he's proud of his government work but he's looking forward to the civilian enterprise.

What are your thoughts as you move from the FBI into a private entity and you'll have your own business?

I'm going from a 35,000-person organization to initially an organization of one. I'm looking forward to it because of the lack of bureaucracy and the ability to kind of do whatever I think is best for the business. On the other hand, it's a huge, huge step off a cliff to not have a support system and not have all those men and women behind me pulling together as a team.

Tell us about your new business. What exactly is it going to do?

I look at it as a niche between the classic private investigator and organizations or entities that have full-time vice presidents for security. I serve that in-between for entities for people that don't have that.

How will your skills from the FBI transfer into that kind of operation? …

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