NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ An FBI agent with a history of investigating public corruption has been appointed as the new head of the agency’s operations in the state.

Patricia M. Ferrick was appointed special agent in charge of the New Haven Division on Monday by outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Ferrick most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division. She also has served in Pittsburgh, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis.

She worked in the New Haven office once before and was involved in the corruption case against former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland and members of his administration. Rowland resigned amid an impeachment probe in 2004 and spent 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a corruption-related charge.

In Miami, Ferrick led the formation of a task force to combat government fraud related to Hurricane Andrew, which served as the model for similar task forces in later disasters.

While in Washington, she served as the supervisory special agent of public corruption and civil rights investigations in Northern Virginia and eventually was named chief of the Public Corruption Unit at FBI headquarters.
Before joining the FBI in 1987, Ferrick was a member of the New York Police Department.
Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who left in June to take a position as deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.

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