Navy brat. Former Reno cop. FBI veteran. Janice Fedarcyk, the first female head of the FBI’s big New York office, accepts those titles. Just don’t call her the “first woman anything,” she tells the New York Daily News. She joined the FBI in 1987 and says a long line of women blazed the trail before her. “I like to think I got this based on extensive experience and demonstrated abilities during the 23-plus years I’ve been with the bureau,” she said.
New York is the largest of the FBI’s 56 domestic field offices, with some 2,000 agents and support staff. Its cases – whether taking down the Times Square bomber, Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, or a cadre of Russian spies – often have global implications. “New York is the flagship for a reason, and what happens here does set the tone – this is what we do, this is who we are,” said Fedarcyk. The daughter of a Navy man, Fedarcyk, 52, joined the Reno, Nv., Police Department after college. She patrolled a beat; worked in the K-9 unit with her German Sheperd, and headed the child abuse division. When she joined the FBI, her first job was investigating gangs, drugs, money laundering, and organized crime out of the Los Angeles office.