Blaise F. Mikulewicz, the current Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI Office, has been named to take the position that is being vacated by Chief Deputy Sheriff Lee Howell, who is leaving the Denton County Sheriff’s Office to become the Chief of Denton’s Police Department.
Agent Mikulewicz, 52, has been in law enforcement for 31 years, beginning his career as a uniformed officer with the Albuquerque Police Department.
He has been with the FBI since 1988, starting as a Special Agent investigating crimes on the Cheyenne and Crow Indian reservations in Montana.
According to a press release, Mikulewicz has extensive experience investigating large-scale drug trafficking and terrorist organizations, organized street crime, kidnappings, and extortion. He currently oversees nine supervisors and 140 agents investigating gang/criminal enterprise organizations, violent crime, public corruption, civil rights, and white collar crime.
Mikulewicz was recognized nationally in 2003 and 2004 by the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, for successful operations against drug trafficking, as well as receiving many commendations from local, state, and federal agencies.
“Blaise is an excellent fit for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Benny Parkey said. “He has deep experience in administration, investigation, and on the street, and his dedication and professionalism will be a strong asset to our mission of keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe.”
Agent Mikulewicz lives in Frisco with his wife of 27 years, Wendy. They have four children, two of whom are still living at home. He said the opportunity to have an impact at a local level was one of the major reasons he applied for the position.
“I hope to utilize my experience to leverage other local, state and federal resources to effectively attack crime problems facing the people who live and work in Denton County,” said Mikulewicz.
He also said the reputation the Denton County Sheriff’s Office enjoys among law enforcement agencies was a primary factor in his decision.
“I’ve known Benny Parkey for 12 years. The FBI Dallas Division has worked closely with the Sheriff’s Office on multi-agency task forces since he took office in 2005, and the level of professionalism, integrity and commitment from the DCSO has been very impressive” Mikulewicz said.
Sheriff Parkey said the 18 applicants for the position, about a quarter from out of state, were all exceptionally qualified.
“It is a tribute to the men and women who come to work every day that the Denton County Sheriff’s Office was able to attract such a field of applicants from all over the nation,” Sheriff Benny Parkey said. “We’ve worked hard to build a professional organization respected by other law enforcement agencies that we deal with on a daily basis, and I’m very proud of that.”