Executive Staff Selection for ATF
Washington, DC - ATF Director Bradley Buckles has appointed
Special Agent Kathleen L. Kiernan to the position of Assistant Director
for Congressional and Public Affairs. Ms. Kiernan will direct the Bureau's
policy on congressional and media relations, including disclosure issues
affecting the Bureau.
Ms. Kiernan is a 27-year veteran of federal law enforcement, and served
as the Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations (Central) with direct
authority over nine field divisions for ATF's criminal enforcement and
regulatory programs. With the direct oversight of the intelligence mission
for the Bureau, she served as the principal advisor to the executive staff
on all intelligence-related matters.
Ms. Kiernan began her career with ATF in 1978 in the Boston Field Division.
Subsequent assignments with increased responsibility include: Group Supervisor,
Miami; National Response Team Program Manager, Washington, D.C.; Assistant
Special Agent in Charge, Nashville Field Division; and Special Agent in
Charge, Chicago Field Division where she entered the Senior Executive
Ms. Kiernan serves as the Bureau's representative to the standing council
on Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime (ASIS).
She is a representative to the Terrorism Subcommittee for the International
Association of Chiefs of Police, and she has presented training, worldwide,
in critical incident management and explosives response protocol. In addition,
she chairs an executive working group established by the Director of Central
Intelligence to enhance the relationship between the law enforcement and
the intelligence communities.
In 2001, Ms. Kiernan was recognized as an Intelligence Fellow and also
as an Outstanding Scholar by Northern Illinois University. She was a member
of Leadership Illinois, Class of 2000, and was identified as one of Chicago's
Top 100 women leaders that same year.
Ms. Kiernan earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from
Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.; a Master of Science degree from
the Joint Military Intelligence College; and a Master of Arts degree from
George Mason University, both with honors. Ms. Kiernan is a candidate
for her Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2002.