Minnesota native takes over FBI's New Orleans office

FBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Anderson
FBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Anderson

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An agent with extensive experience in public corruption cases has been named head of the FBI's New Orleans division Monday marked Michael J. Anderson's debut as special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans.

The 45-year-old native of Alexandria, Minn., joined the FBI in 1995 and has served as a supervisor in the FBI's public corruption unit.

The FBI says Anderson rewrote its public corruption field guide in 2003. He also played a supervisory role in the corruption probe of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat serving a 13-year prison sentence.

Anderson replaces David Welker, who retired in May. Anderson most recently served as a section chief in the FBI's human resources division in Washington.