A. Todd McCall has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, one of the bureau’s 56 field offices nationwide. McCall, who most recently served as chief of the digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division, is now responsible for the management and oversight of more than 200 personnel and all investigative matters under the FBI’s jurisdiction spanning from Memphis to Cookeville, Tenn.
Education and work experience: I have a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of Central Arkansas and attended Arkansas State University for graduate level studies in mass communications. I worked in television and radio news for most of the 1980s before becoming an investigator and press secretary in the Arkansas Attorney General’s office. I entered on duty with the FBI in 1990 and worked in Dallas, the FBI lab, Jackson, Tenn., and now Memphis.
Family: Married with two adult children.
Favorite quote: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” – President Ronald Reagan (My wife and I work diligently to ensure we have family dinners as much as possible.)
Favorite movie: “Caddyshack” (When I relax I like to laugh and not compare the movie to what I do in real life.)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Oddly enough, mowing my grass. I have a pretty nice looking yard. Beyond that, anything I can do to spend time with my wife and kids, like golf with my son or watching a movie with my wife and daughter. We have a blast playing video sports games. We’re all a bit competitive.
What led you to pursue a career with the FBI? My kids, specifically my daughter, were a pivotal factor in pursuing the FBI. When she was born, I wanted to be more involved in protecting her, so I sought a career with the FBI. When my son was born, my intensity for the job increased.
What are your goals in your new position? I want to ensure the taxpayer is getting the best return on investment in the FBI possible, through targeted and focused investigations. I want to continue and expand the atmosphere of cooperation among law enforcement agencies across the spectrum in Tennessee. The cooperative spirit between agencies here is exceptional and we are all stronger when we work together. Finally, I want to promote a positive work environment for those with whom I have the privilege of working.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Hmmm, that’s an interesting one. If it is just one, then I would say: Believe in yourself. If you don’t, how can you expect others to believe in you? If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish great things.
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