Attorney General Lockyer Names Martin Ryan to Head California Bureau of Investigation

Monday, May 3, 1999
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SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Bill Lockyer today announced that Martin Ryan, 47, of El Dorado Hills, has been named Chief of the California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Ryan has served as the Acting Chief of CBI since January, 1999. He has been with CBI since 1981, when he was assigned as a Special Agent in the Los Angeles and Sacramento Regional offices. In 1987, he was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor in the Sacramento office, and in 1990, was named Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento office. In 1996, he transferred to CBI Headquarters in Sacramento as head of the Intelligence Operations Program. In 1997, he was appointed Assistant Chief of CBI, a position he held until he was named Acting Chief earlier this year. Prior to 1981, Ryan served as Chief Investigator for the Amador County District Attorney's office for six years.

"I didn't have to go far to find the person best qualified to lead our Bureau of Investigation. Chief Martin Ryan has served at every level during his distinguished 18 year career with CBI," said Lockyer. "I believe Martin Ryan is the best person to lead CBI into the next century."

The CBI provides investigative assistance to the Attorney General and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in complex or multi-jurisdictional cases, and cases involving conflicts of interest. The CBI also houses intelligence programs which track criminal activity by organized crime, gangs, and criminal extremist groups.

"It's a great honor to be named a member of Bill Lockyer's management team," said Martin Ryan. "I'm excited about the opportunity and I look forward to providing quality CBI services to California's law enforcement community."

Ryan replaces Robert Luca, who retired after a serving as CBI Chief for ten years.

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