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FBI: Head of Chicago office retiring after months

CHICAGO (AP) – After only a half a year in the high-profile position, the head of the FBI's Chicago office is retiring, an agency spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Cory B. Nelson, 51, only assumed the post in January and will now retire after a more than 20-year FBI career, spokeswoman Joan Hyde said in an email. She didn't offer details, including what prompted Nelson's decision to retire or when his retirement takes effect.

The Chicago office is considered one of the busiest FBI offices in the nation, handling everything from political corruption and mob investigations to cases involving alleged terrorists and reputed cartel kingpins.

Nelson had replaced Robert Grant, who retired in September after more than seven years as head of the Chicago office to take a global-security job with Walt Disney Co. in Los Angeles.

Nelson came into the job with years of experience investigating terrorism, organized crime and drug-trafficking cases. Just before heading to Chicago, he was deputy assistant director of the FBI's inspection division in Washington, D.C.

Among his other assignments, Nelson previously headed the agency's San Antonio office and served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Denver office. Early in his career, he helped investigate the Genovese crime family in New York.

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