Michael S. Welch entered on duty with the FBI as a special agent in 1988. Following training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., he was assigned to the Kansas City Field Office where he served for approximately seven years. During his tenure in Kansas City, he worked exclusively on the Organized Crime (OC)/Drug Task Force and was a member of the SWAT team.
In 1995, he was transferred to the OC Section, Criminal Investigative Division, at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ, and two years later became supervisory special agent of the OC Squad, Miami Field Office. While in Miami, he served as the OC program manager and supervised the South Florida OC Task Force.
In January 2000, he was named unit chief of the Las Cos Nostra (LCN) Unit, FBIHQ. After serving in this position for nine months, he was selected as the Assistance Section Chief of the OC Section. In this role, he managed all FBI OC investigations and the FBI/Hungarian National Police Task Force in Budapest, Hungary. He served on several international working groups and was the co-chairman for the U.S./Canadian Law Enforcement Cross-Border Forum. In 2002, he was named Acting Section Chief of the OC Section.
Welch was appointed assistant special agent in charge (ASAC), Administrative Division, Washington Field Office, in 2003. As ASAC, he managed all support service functions as well as applicants, training and the Attorney General/Director’s protective details.
The following year Welch was appointed section chief of the International Operations Section, Office of International Operations, FBIHQ. In this capacity, he managed over 75 FBI offices in U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, selected Welch as special agent in charge (SAC) of the Indianapolis Field Division in May 2007 and, in June 2011, Welch was named deputy assistant director (DAD) of the Cyber Division, FBIHQ. From March to June 2012, he served as the acting assistant director of the Cyber Division.
On June 15, 2012, Welch was named the assistant director of the International Operations Division. In his current role, he is responsible for hundreds of employees at FBIHQ and 78 locations around the world.