The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) has hired Franklin J. Fabian, an assistant section chief in the Counter-terrorism Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington headquarters, to succeed the retiring Paul Berube as the organization's president.
Berube will retire April 1, and the TRPB Board of Directors authorized a one-month transition period with Fabian joining the TRPB Feb. 28.
Fabian becomes the fourth president in the 58-year history of the TRPB, following Berube, Clifford J. Wickman, and Spencer J. Drayton.
The TRPB was formed by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America in 1946 and, at the recommendation of J. Edgar Hoover, hired one of the FBI director's top assistants, Drayton, to create a multi-jurisdictional investigative and security organization to assure the highest standards of integrity in Thoroughbred racing.
"The TRPB was fortunate to elicit interest from several outstanding candidates for the position of president," TRPB Board chairman John Mooney said, "but Frank Fabian distinguished himself even among our stellar group of top candidates. His management, organizational and communication skills and experience, blended with his investigative expertise, will continue the outstanding leadership Paul Berube has provided for the past 17 years as president."
Fabian's counter-terrorism section is responsible for the investigation and dismantling of international terrorist groups and their funding mechanisms, and his promotion to that position in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks capped what has been a 20-year career with the FBI. His four years in management at FBI headquarters began in 2000 when he was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division and responsible for the oversight of FBI criminal undercover operations.
Prior to his assignments at FBI headquarters, Fabian served as a special agent in the Indianapolis and Detroit FBI field offices and conducted numerous investigations within the FBI's organized crime, drug, violent crime, white-collar crime, and public corruption programs.
In addition to serving as case agent on complex, long-term criminal investigations, Fabian's skills as an FBI-certified undercover agent and commercial pilot were utilized in major Bureau investigations throughout the country. In 1996, he was awarded the Bureau's most prestigious award, the Director's Award for Excellence in Investigation, by then FBI director Louie Freeh.