FBI's Margolin joins US Attorney's comms office

NEW YORK: Longtime FBI spokesman Jim Margolin has stepped down from his post to join the US Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York as chief public information officer.

NEW YORK: Longtime FBI spokesman Jim Margolin has stepped down from his post to join the US Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York as chief public information officer.

Margolin started in the role Tuesday. He previously spent 25 years at the FBI, most recently as special agent and public information officer in the New York office.

Reporting to US Attorney Preet Bharara, Margolin is managing an office of four communications staffers. He has replaced Ellen Davis, who left the role in June to join Sard Verbinnen & Co. as a principal.

Jennifer Ranucci has replaced Margolin in the FBI's New York office as a public information officer and special agent, an FBI representative said. The office has also recently hired Chris Sinos as a new media coordinator, replacing Martin Feely, who returned to working on an operational squad for the FBI.

While at the FBI, Margolin previously worked with the US Attorney's office on communications matters for cases such as Bharara's widespread crackdown on Wall Street insider trading. In his new role, Margolin will be reaching out to many of the same reporters, he said.

While social media is an increasingly popular method to relay news, Margolin said he will approach his role with the view that “the news media is the most effective way to communicate with the public.”

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