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Former FBI head for Minneapolis now working for Federal Reserve

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Former FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton
Former FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton will work as the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as vice president of law enforcement and operations.
Peter Cox | MPR News 2016

Richard Thornton, the former head of FBI's Minneapolis division, has a new job.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced Monday that Thornton will be the bank's vice president of law enforcement and operations. Thornton will start his new job on April 23. 

"We are very excited to have someone of Rick's experience, stature and strong reputation join the Bank," Ron Feldman, chief operating officer of the Minneapolis Fed, said in a statement. "We know he will make great contributions to the Bank, the Federal Reserve System and the community at large."

Thornton retired from the bureau in February after 31 years of service. He has led the FBI's Minneapolis division since 2014 and oversaw cases ranging from terror recruitment in the Twin Cities to the abduction and killing of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling

Before joining the Minneapolis division, Thornton served as a section chief for the FBI in Washington, D.C., overseeing the bureau's physical surveillance and aviation programs.

In his new role, Thornton will oversee the Minneapolis Fed's law enforcement department and operations, including security operations at the Minneapolis and Helena, Mont., locations, according to the Minneapolis Fed.