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Special Agent in Charge of Omaha division retires from FBI

Posted at 8:45 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 21:46:31-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — After 29 years with the FBI, the special agent in charge of the Omaha Division, Randy Thysse, has retired.

The FBI director named him to the position in 2015. He's risen up the ranks and moved around investigating counterintelligence matters, espionage efforts and financial fraud.

"I remember sitting in new agents class and them saying sit back and enjoy it because it goes by fast," Thysse said it has gone fast and he's enjoyed his career, but he looks forward to a new chapter.

"When you sit there watching TV at night, a lot of your spare thoughts are still about the job because the FBI becomes your hobby so to speak and now all those spare thoughts are going to be planning a father/son trip or working on a project or hobby or something like that," Thysse said.

He recalled many different types of cases that stood out as rewarding in his career. He was working in Montana when he helped with the Anne Sluti case. The 17-year-old was kidnapped from a Kearney parking lot, and her captor took her to Montana. He said he recently received a retirement card from Sluti's father which he called very special. "The dad basically said thanks for everything, and she's a happy, healthy adult living a good life."

He said investigations have changed in terms of technology but a lot of skills remain the same. He says good agents possess people skills and a sense of curiosity.

He offered this advice to his successor who has not yet been named, "take care of your people, focus on the excitement of why you joined the FBI--chasing the bad guys and making society a better place to live and raise your family."

Thysse is retiring from the FBI but not work. He will be moving to the Minneapolis-area where he will be the program manager of cybersecurity auditing. The move allows him to be closer to family, including his adult children.