Wilkes-Barre native Edward J. Hanko has been named by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division of the bureau.
Hanko most recently served as the chief of the special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division and was responsible for FBI investigations in central and southern Ohio.
He joined the FBI in 1986 and was assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations.
Three years later, Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002 and managed investigations across all investigative programs. In 2005, he transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he instructed new agents, police officers and Command Staff College attendees.
He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007 and had program management responsibility for the violent crime, organized crime, gangs/criminal enterprise and critical incident response programs. In October 2009 Mr. Hanko was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.
From 2009 to 2011, Hanko served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division and was responsible for the undercover, budget and administrative programs.
Hanko, a married father of three adult children, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in 1985. He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.