Bill O’Leary earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University and is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association. Bill was employed at The Budd Company, where he worked as an attorney in the Labor Relations Department before joining the FBI in September 1987. Bill’s first FBI office was in Long Beach, California, where he investigated violent crime and drug matters.
In 1996, he was transferred to Michigan where he was assigned to violent crime and gang matters. In March 2002, Bill received a promotional transfer to FBIHQ, where he served as a Supervisor in the Drug Section, and was detailed to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Special Operation Division. In January 2003, Bill was transferred to the Counterterrorism Division (CTD), Communication Exploitation Section. While at CTD, he managed the collection, storage, review and dissemination of electronic media seized from captured overseas high value terrorists.
In April 2004, Bill was transferred to the Louisville Division, where he served as the supervisor until September 2008. While in Louisville, Bill managed white collar crime and joint terrorism task force investigations.
In October 2008, he was promoted to Assistant SAC in the Long Beach Office, where he managed the JTTF, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Squad, Extraterritorial Investigations Squad, the Threat Squad, the Special Mission Teams (SWAT, ERT, Bomb Techs, and WMD) and the Domestic Terrorism Squad. Bill co-chaired the Area Maritime Security Committee, the Surface Transportation Committee and the Aviation Security Advisory Committee for LAX. In January 2012, Bill managed the Orange County FBI Office where he oversaw all terrorism investigations for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Bill retired from the FBI in October 2013.
In October 2013, Bill joined the Macerich Company, and managed the security program for 35 regional malls in the western region of the United States. In March 2015, Bill was hired as the Vice President of Corporate Security for the Irvine Company. In this capacity, Bill is responsible for all physical, technical, personnel and electronic security programs for the company.