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BISMARCK, ND - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Deputy Director Lonnie Grabowska as the new Director of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI is a division of the Attorney General’s office. Grabowska takes over from Dallas Carlson, who was confirmed as US Marshal for North Dakota earlier this month.
“When Dallas was confirmed as US Marshal, filling the position of BCI Director was a priority. With over twenty years of law enforcement experience, including ten years as a supervisor and the past five years as Deputy Director at BCI, Lonnie was an obvious choice. After talking with state and local law enforcement officials and prosecutors, Lonnie became the best person to step into the Director’s position,” said Stenehjem. “I have worked closely with Lonnie for years, and am confident he will be an outstanding Director.”
Grabowska has served BCI for more than 15 years, beginning as a special agent in 2003 assigned to the Drug Task Force, before being promoted to Chief Agent in 2007, and to Deputy Director in August 2012.
“I am truly honored to take over the role of Director of BCI from Dallas Carlson. Dallas’ reputation for integrity and professionalism is something I will continue to strive for. I feel privileged to work with all the highly specialized and professionally trained personnel at BCI, and I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to lead BCI as we work to meet the challenges of the ever-changing field of criminal investigations,” said Grabowska.
Grabowska served four years in the United States Navy before embarking on a career in law enforcement. He was employed with the Morton County Sheriff’s office and the Mandan Police Department before beginning with BCI in 2003. As a criminal investigator, he served as Coordinator of the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force and was also a firearms/tactical instructor. Lonnie was promoted to Chief Agent in October 2007, supervising field agents and administrative personnel in locations across western North Dakota, as well as the Concealed Weapons and Sex Offender Registration sections and the 24/7 Sobriety Program and Prescription Drug Take Back program. As Deputy Director, he managed day-to-day administrative and personnel operations, supervised the Chief Agents, and represented the Attorney General on High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) boards.
Grabowska is active with the ND Peace Officers Association (POA) and is the 2016 recipient of the ND POA Lone Eagle Award. Lonnie is an ordained Deacon for the Diocese of Bismarck and was volunteer a Chaplain with the Crisis Care Chaplaincy, which provides faith-based crisis counseling for emergency service agencies in the Bismarck area. He is married and lives in Bismarck.
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