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Debra Mack to retire; first black woman to head Mobile FBI office

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by Brendan Kirby, AL.com

debramackMOBILE, Ala. — The first black woman to hold the top FBI job in Mobile has announced that she will retire at the end of the month.

Debra Mack took the top FBI job in Mobile in 2005. She will get full retirement benefits after leaving the the bureau with 26 years of service under her belt.

She announced her intentions on Tuesday to agents and other law enforcement officials, said Special Agent Angela Tobon, a spokeswoman for the office in Mobile. Attempts to reach Mack Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Tobon said Mack did not offer a specific reason for departing several years before she turned 57, the agency’s mandatory retirement age.

“She just said the time is right,” Tobon said.

Mack has been in Washington the past month working as a deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence and will remain in that temporary post until the end of this month, Tobon said. After that, she said, Mack will go on vacation for a couple of weeks and contemplate her future.

Tobon said Mack has indicated that she plans to remain in Mobile.

When she took the job in Mobile, she became just the second black woman to head a field office anywhere in the country. At the time, she was one of only four women running a field office.

During her tenure, Mack worked to strengthen ties with area law enforcement agencies and expanded a program that puts agents in front of local schoolchildren.

Her work drew praise today in the Mobile law enforcement community.

“We all look forward to the day we can retire, but it’s going to be a great loss to our community,” said Prichard Assistant Police Chief Jimmie Gardner, who also serves as president of the Mobile County chapter of the NAACP.

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Written by Symphony

August 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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  1. Some of the info concerning Ms. Mack’s “forced” retirement were omitted. How about the FBI investigation revealing her relationsihp with a local politician and her choice of retirement or a demotion to Field Officer in Birmingham. If you are going to report the news do a complete job of it. The news is not what you want the readers to believe, it’s what really happened.

    Rodney Holt

    September 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    • Rodney you would be better served to comment at the location of the article at AL.com. Neither the reporter nor the newspaper will see it here.

      As always, this site simply republishes and chronicles articles. We don’t write them.

      Tanisha

      September 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm


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