When you skip a meeting with the President of the United States to visit Milwaukee, you must have a pretty good reason.
That was the case Wednesday morning, when FBI Director James Comey stopped by the new FBI Field Office in St. Frances.
“At 11:00 this morning I was supposed to be in the situation room with the President,” he joked with the crowd. “And I asked my deputy to go instead because it was so important to be a part of this celebration, and I know the President understands that as well.”
He was joined by hundreds who gathered to open the new facility, which sits on a bluff over-looking Lake Michigan in St. Frances.
“Men and women of Milwaukee’s Field Division, you deserve this,” he told the crowd.”
The new facility comes in around 82-thousand-square feet, slightly smaller than their previous space in downtown Milwaukee. But Comey says it’s better suited for their needs; with better technology, better safety, and more room to work with local departments.
“This has been a long time coming,” he says. “We’ve been in sub-optimal space for quite some time, and that affects moral.”