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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appointed David Spakowicz and Tina Virgil to be Bureau Directors for the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.


Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) David Spakowicz has been a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for the past 26 years. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, he worked as a police officer for the Elkhart Lake and Wauwatosa Police Departments. In 1991, he was hired as a Special Agent by the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Narcotics Enforcement. In 1996, he was assigned to the DEA Task Force in Milwaukee and in 1999 was promoted to Special Agent in Charge. He was then assigned to supervise a federally funded multi-jurisdictional task force in Milwaukee that specifically targeted large scale drug trafficking organizations.


SAC Spakowicz graduated from Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and is also the current president of the Village of Pewaukee Police Commission. SAC Spakowicz is an adjunct instructor with St. Petersburg College in Florida and has instructed law enforcement officers across the United States on Narcotics related investigations.


"Dave has been well respected in the Milwaukee law enforcement community for years," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "His ability to work across jurisdictional lines will be a great asset statewide."


Tina Virgil, employed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, currently serves as the State Fire Marshal. She is also the Acting Director of the Arson and Special Assignments Bureau, within the Division of Criminal Investigation.


During her 16 year tenure with the Department of Justice, she has served as a Special-Agent-in-Charge and supervised many areas within Criminal Investigations working in both the Special Operations Bureau and the Narcotics Bureau. Virgil was previously appointed Executive Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services.


As a graduate of Edgewood College, Virgil's diverse career includes work at the Ethan Allen School for Boys as a social worker, as the Executive Director at a Milwaukee treatment center for pregnant teens, and as an educator in the Shorewood School District. Virgil attended the School of Staff and Command through North Western University.


Virgil currently serves as the president of the Wisconsin Chapter NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement) and is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) board member.


"Tina has shown a repeated desire to take on new challenges and to diligently attack large tasks," said Van Hollen. "Tina is a great manager and the Wisconsin Department of Justice is fortunate to have her."


Spakowicz will supervise the Narcotics Bureau, the largest investigative bureau within the Division of Criminal Investigation. He will be responsible for coordinating the state level drug enforcement program.


Virgil will supervise the Arson and Special Assignment Bureaus. The Arson Bureau is responsible for the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. The Special Assignments Bureau is responsible for assisting local law enforcement agencies with homicide investigations.


Both Spakowicz and Virgil will begin their new assignments on December 8, 2008.