Robert K. Cromwell
Bob Cromwell began his career in law enforcement following six years in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptology Technician and obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey.
Completing nearly four years as a police officer on the Montgomery Township, N.J. Police Department, Bob joined the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and as an NCIS Special Agent, Bob investigated fraud, violent crime, drug violations and foreign counterintelligence matters.
Following nearly three years as an NCIS Special Agent, Bob joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His first assignment with the FBI was in Houston, Texas. Bob spent eight years there, primarily focusing on violent crime. He was a member of the FBI SWAT Team and a trained Hostage Negotiator. In 1991, Bob was made a Supervisory Special Agent and was assigned to the Violent Crime Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
From Washington, Bob was assigned as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Phoenix Division, and during his Phoenix tenure led a gang task force, supervised a large group of agents and detectives investigating the Oklahoma City bombing, and led the Phoenix Joint Drug Intelligence Group.
After three years in Phoenix, Bob was promoted to Chief of the FBI’s Criminal Intelligence Development Unit. From there, he was made Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi, Division, headquartered in Jackson with nine (9) Resident Agencies, throughout the State of Mississippi.
With three years in Mississippi, Bob was selected by FBI Director Robert Mueller for membership in the FBI’s Senior Executive Service and was made Chief of the Applicant Processing Section at FBIHQ. The Section exercised nationwide management of FBI recruiting, testing, background investigations and hiring, including a special unit responsible to the White House for background investigations of individuals receiving Presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation.
After two years at FBIHQ, Bob was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division. As SAC, Bob was the Chief Executive Officer of the Division, headquartered in Jacksonville, with Resident Agencies in Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola.
Bob retired from the FBI at the end of 2005, with 31 years of Federal service. During his FBI career, he earned multiple awards for investigative and leadership excellence, including commendation by the Director for establishing the Houston Fugitive Program as the premier fugitive program in the FBI and leading the Division in arrests for five consecutive years.
Since retiring, Bob has been on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project of Florida. He is the author of, “Fugitive Man – Hunting Violent Criminals for the FBI and Searching for Justice for the Innocent Convict.” He has been married 42 years and has three sons and five grandchildren.