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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Burns

January 10, 2002

Mr. David L. Benton Named Deputy Director

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

WASHINGTON - Today, Director Bradley Buckles announced
that on January 9, 2002, Secretary Paul O'Neill appointed Mr. David L.
Benton to the position of Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms.

With more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. Benton comes
to the position as deputy from his previous position as head of ATF's
Field Operations where he was the principal assistant to the Director
and Deputy Director in policy and execution of ATF's enforcement programs.
He had direct authority over 23 field divisions for ATF's criminal enforcement
and regulatory programs.

In 1994, Mr. Benton was appointed Deputy Associate Director (Law Enforcement).
In 1995, he became the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division
and in July 1998 he returned to Washington as the Assistant Director of
Liaison and Public Information. In August 2000, Mr. Benton assumed the
position as Assistant Director, Field Operations.

Among Mr. Benton's many career highlights, assignments include the staff
of the Associate Director (Law Enforcement), Washington, DC; Assistant
Special Agent in Charge, Kansas City, Missouri; Special Agent in Charge,
Resources Branch, Washington, DC; Chief Intelligence Division, Washington,
DC, and Chief, Planning and Analysis Division, Washington, DC.

Mr. Benton received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State
University and his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Detroit.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.