FBI’s cyber/special operations of the New York division has gotten its first female special agent in charge: Mary E. Galligan will lead the special agent, support, and task-force personnel who provide strategic operational, investigative, and infrastructure support.
Galligan is currently chief inspector for FBI's Office of Inspections. She joined the bureau in 1988, and after completing training at the academy in Quantico, Va., she was assigned to the New York division to handle terrorism investigations and intelligence gathering. She was one of the on-scene commanders in Yemen to investigate the USS Cole attack, and she traveled to Tanzania in 1998 to work the U.S. Embassy bombing case. In 2001, she became a domestic terrorism squad supervisor in the New York division and worked on cases involving supremacy and extremist groups, anthrax and bomb threats.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she supervised PENTTBOM, FBI's investigation of the attacks. Shortly after, she reported to FBI Headquarters and oversaw the entire investigation. Galligan briefed the FBI director, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, the 9/11 Commission and staff, members of the National Security Council, the media, the U.S. military, and families of 9/11 victims.
In August 2004, she was assigned as an assistant special agent in charge in the administrative division and was designated as ASAC in the counterintelligence division in February 2006. She returned to headquarters in 2008 and was promoted in July 2009 to the role of chief inspector overseeing the Office of Inspections.
Galligan earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a master's degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research. She also attended the Law Enforcement Executive Development course at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is certified as an FBI crisis coordinator, general police instructor, and National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime coordinator.