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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has named Michael Myszewski as the next Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The announcement was made at a press conference held this afternoon in Van Hollen's Capitol office.
As important to me as his impressive resume is Mike's impressive character, Van Hollen said. I have confidence that Mike Myszewski will lead DCI with professionalism, expertise, and integrity.
I look forward to working with the Attorney General, the other Divisions within the Department of Justice, and the staff at DCI to accomplish our mutual mission of assisting local law enforcement and enhancing public safety, Myszewski said. As Administrator, I will continue to build strong, professional relationships between Wisconsin's law enforcement communities and DCI so that, together, we are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
Myszewski's law enforcement experience started in 1976, when he became a police officer with the Milwaukee Police Department. After finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Myszewski joined the Department of Justice in 1982 as a Special Agent of what was then known as the Narcotics and Vice Bureau. In 1989, Myszewski became a Special Agent in DCI's White Collar Crimes Bureau. In 1997, Mike became a supervisor within the Department of Justice after being named a Special Agent in Charge of the High Technology & Support Services Unit. In 2003, Myszewski was promoted to Director of the Narcotics Bureau, the largest investigative bureau within DCI. Myszewski has served as acting Administrator of DCI since January 3, 2008.
As Director of the Narcotics Bureau, Myszewski directed agents in the largest drug and asset seizures in state history. Myszewski supervised the operations of DCI's six regional field offices (located in Appleton, Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior, and Wausau), as well as coordinated DOJ's participation in multi-agency operations, such as the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit and the Milwaukee HIDTA.
Myszewski's appointment will be effective March 9, 2008. His annual salary will be $100,000.
The Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation investigates crimes that are statewide in nature or importance. DCI special agents work closely with local and federal officials to investigate crimes such as arson, financial crimes, computer crimes, drug trafficking, government corruption, and crimes against children. Upon request, DCI also assists local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of other criminal activity, such as homicides and multi‑jurisdictional theft or fraud.
For more information about the Division of Criminal Investigation, visit their page here.