MO: COUNTERTERRORISM AGENT IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON
Steve Gomez can't really talk much about what he did for 2½ years in St. Louis. But basically, his job was to worry.
As assistant special agent in charge of the national security branch of the FBI office here, he worried about terrorism. And he fretted over whether he worked hard enough, and long enough, to catch all the possibilities.
Gomez is heading for Washington to start worrying on a larger scale. He'll help agencies share counterterrorism information and fill gaps in raw information. His former boss, Special Agent in Charge Roland Corvington, praised Gomez's work here, even if he couldn't reveal exactly what it was.
This much he could say: Gomez oversaw the Joint Terrorism Task Force, responsible for the federal and local officers here who deal with international and domestic terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and counterintelligence.
Gomez, 40, said he often told strangers, and even parents at his child's soccer games, that he worked as an accountant for the federal government.
He acknowledged that St. Louis was not among the nation's largest or most prominent cities, but he said that was not a reason for complacency. . .
Dr. Gulten Ilhan, vice president of the St. Louis chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations, has brought Gomez and other FBI agents to a mosque twice for town hall-type meetings and has gone to the FBI office to train agents.
Ilhan credited Gomez for working to improve communications with Muslims. "He was very, very kind," she said. "I feel like I lost a friend from here."
Ilhan said Gomez went out of his way to accommodate her questions, and even called after hearing about a spray-painted threat on a Pakistani man's house in St. Peters.