Kurt H. Thielhorn assumed responsibility as the Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on January 7, 2018. He directs ATF operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Prior to this assignment, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Thielhorn served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New Orleans Field Division of ATF, overseeing criminal enforcement offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. SAC Thielhorn previously served as a Division Chief in the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs, Deputy Division Chief of Public Affairs, and Branch Chief in the Special Operations Division in ATF Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Additionally, he was also stationed as the Resident Agent in Charge of the criminal enforcement offices in Fresno, CA and Bakersfield, CA. SAC Thielhorn began his career with ATF as a Special Agent in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Prior to joining ATF, SAC Thielhorn served as a Special Agent in the Department of Justice and a police officer in Virginia. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Political Science from James Madison University.