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New Bureau of Land Management law enforcement leadership announced

2019 photos posted on the Bureau of Land Management’s social media accounts show officials touring the BLM’s new office space in Grand Junction. The building is also home to two energy companies. (Department of the Interior via Facebook)

The Bureau of Land Management has announced the appointment of two career professionals to the agency’s senior law enforcement leadership team based out of the new Headquarters in Grand Junction, CO.

Shannon Tokos has been named the Deputy Director of the BLM Office of Law Enforcement and Security and Brian Richards as the BLM’s Law Enforcement Supervisory Criminal Investigator and the Bureau’s Policy and Programs Office Chief.

“We’re excited that Shannon Tokos and Brian Richards have agreed to help us oversee this important program at a critical time in the BLM’s history. Both have demonstrated their exceptional leadership and management skills in challenging and complex assignments over the past 20 years, experience that will make a tremendous difference as we continue to strive to be good neighbors throughout the communities in the West,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley.

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Tokos has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience at the federal level and has served as the Acting Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Operations since December of 2017.

Tokos will be stationed at the BLM’s new Robert F. Burford Headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado where she began her career with the BLM in 2000 as a Criminal Investigator in the Grand Junction Field Office. She later rose to be a Supervisory Criminal Investigator with the BLM’s Special Investigations Group, where she led some of the BLM’s most difficult and sensitive investigations. She has also served as a Criminal Investigator for the Social Security Administration. 

Brian Richards will serve as the BLM’s Law Enforcement Policy and Programs Office Chief.

BLM officials say that Richards will provide program direction and leadership for law enforcement and security, policies, and procedures as well as initiate and review program planning and provide direction and instructions to BLM Headquarters and Field Officials.

Prior to Richards’ selection, he was the BLM’s Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for Region 3 for Nevada and Utah.

Since joining the BLM in 2001, Richards has served as a ranger and special agent in New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.  Before coming to the BLM, he was a game warden in Montana and served in the U.S. Army.  Richards earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology in 1992 from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Both Tokos and Richards will report directly to the Law Enforcement Director.