Director | Deputy Director
Acting Director - Interpol Washington
Wayne H. Salzgaber began his appointment as Acting Director of INTERPOL Washington, the United States National Central Bureau, in October 2016. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director, serving as the Chief Operational Officer with oversight over all personnel and assets dedicated to INTERPOL Washington’s global mission of supporting domestic and international law enforcement and border security operations.
Mr. Salzgaber leads the agency’s efforts to share and exchange international criminal investigative, border security, and humanitarian assistance information in a secure environment with counterparts in the 189 other INTERPOL member countries and with more than 18,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies across the nation. He provides executive leadership on complex and emerging challenges facing global law enforcement agencies, with an emphasis on combating terrorism, cybercrime, human trafficking, child exploitation, border security, and transnational organized crime.
Mr. Salzgaber brings over 27 years of military, law enforcement, and criminal investigative experience to the position. He began his public service career in 1989 when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard (USCG), serving on active duty until 2001. He returned to the USCG where he received his commission in the Reserves and served until his retirement as a Lieutenant in 2010. Mr. Salzgaber has been assigned to a variety of operational and intelligence units in the USCG, conducting maritime law enforcement, port security, humanitarian, and antiterrorism missions. His service also included assignment as a staff instructor at the USCG’s Maritime Law Enforcement School (Academy) from 1992-1997. In 2010, Mr. Salzgaber was recalled to active duty to serve in the USCG’s Unified Area Command Center during the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in New Orleans, LA.
Mr. Salzgaber began his service as a criminal investigator in 1997 when he entered on duty as a Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) in the Chesapeake Regional Office. He later joined the Office of Inspector General (OIG) community as a Special Agent with the Department of the Treasury OIG in 2001. In 2003, Mr. Salzgaber transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) OIG after its creation and assisted in establishing the Office of Investigations Headquarters element and Special Investigations Division in Washington, DC, where he was later named as the Division’s Special Agent in Charge.
In 2010, Mr. Salzgaber was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as one of the OIG’s Deputy Assistant Inspector Generals, where he supervised the OIG’s Investigative Field Operations Division. In this capacity, Mr. Salzgaber was responsible for the OIG’s national investigative operations program and supervised the agency’s 14 regional investigative field offices.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director in 2015, Mr. Salzgaber served at INTERPOL Washington as the Director’s Principal Policy Advisor for Homeland Security. Mr. Salzgaber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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