New FBI special agent in charge named for San Juan

By John McPhaul

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray has appointed Joseph González as special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Juan Office.

González was until a few days ago the FBI’s legal attaché in Mexico City.

González, better known as Joe González within the law enforcement field in which he has served throughout his career, began his career with the FBI as a special agent in 2003 and initially reported to the New York Office to investigate white collar crime. He was also a member of the New York Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team and its Rapid Response Team.

In 2006, González moved to the San Juan office for his first multi-course assignment on the island. Initially, he investigated organized crime, international drug trafficking, money laundering and gangs. He was also a crisis negotiator and emergency management coordinator.

González was promoted in 2011 to supervisory special agent of the Criminal Enterprises Squad and served as coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2012, he became supervisor of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights squad, which was responsible for dismantling corruption networks of law and order officials throughout Puerto Rico.

González was appointed chief of the Public Corruption Unit in the Criminal Investigations Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2014. He also served as the interim chief of the Civil Rights and Public Corruption section.

In 2016, González was promoted once more, this time to assistant special agent in charge of special operations at the FBI Office in Newark, N.J. As ASAC he was in charge of oversight of surveillance and aviation operations, human intelligence, security, language services, the undercover program, and various other programs.

González was promoted in 2017 to head the Operational Support Section in the International Operations Division of FBI headquarters in Washington, where he was in charge of several units. He was appointed legal attaché in Mexico City in 2018, thus serving as the primary liaison between the FBI and his Mexican counterparts.

Before working for the FBI, González was a certified public accountant for Ernst & Young in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1999.