Salvador Hermandez Is New Los Angeles FBI Chief

A 23-year FBI veteran has been named head of the bureau's Los Angeles division, covering seven California counties.

Salvador Hernandez replaces J. Stephen Tidwell, who is returning to FBI headquarters in a senior policy position.

Hernandez's appointment was announced Friday.

Hernandez will lead more than 1,200 employees in an area covering Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

The 49-year-old Hernandez most recently served as deputy assistant director in the criminal investigative division of FBI headquarters in Washington.

He began his career at the bureau's Phoenix division in 1984.

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