Department of Justice, Law & Criminology
David M. Torres, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service’s Office of Human Resources in April 2019. In this position, Mr. Torres was responsible for the Secret Service’s human capital recruiting and onboarding, benefits and payroll, the senior executive program, medical evaluations, fitness for duty, environmental programs, performance management, retention initiatives, and workforce planning and modeling. Mr. Torres is currently engaged in an aggressive hiring campaign outlined in the agency's Human Capital Strategic Plan that will grow the agency by over 3,000 employees over a nine year period.
Prior to his Deputy Assistant Director assignment, Mr. Torres served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, where he provided guidance and coordination of all protective intelligence investigations and advances. The division analyzes, evaluates, and disseminates information about individuals, groups and activities that pose a potential threat to persons, facilities, and events protected by the U. S. Secret Service. The division is responsible for creating and providing threat assessments, training, and other briefings pertinent to the protective intelligence mission. Mr. Torres executed the protective intelligence mission through a diverse staff of analysts, special agents, social science researchers, and clinical psychologists.
Mr. Torres also held the position of Special Agent in Charge, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. In this position, Mr. Torres had oversight of two divisions and provided strategic guidance to the Assistant Director, and managed both budget and human capital resources. Mr. Torres also interfaced with the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community for all aspects of the U.S. Secret Service’s intelligence initiatives.
Mr. Torres has served in other key management positions within the U.S. Secret Service to include the Resident Agent in Charge of the Wilmington, Delaware Office, where he coordinated protection for Vice President Joseph Biden and his family, and all U.S. Secret Service investigations within the state of Delaware. In his prior position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Human Resources, Mr. Torres revitalized the on-boarding and recruitment process and restructured the Human Resources directorate. Mr. Torres was instrumental in securing OPM and DHS approval and funding for multiple recruitment and work force initiatives. As part of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Mr. Torres served as the Deputy Federal Security Director, for the Transportations Security Administration, Philadelphia International Airport.
Mr. Torres began his Secret Service career in 1999 as a Special Agent in the Newark, New Jersey, Field Office, where he conducted criminal investigations and served as a computer forensic examiner. Mr. Torres was assigned to protect the first Secretary of Homeland Security, and was then reassigned to the Presidential Protective Division, where he worked on protective details for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. After working on these protective details, Mr. Torres was transferred to the James J. Rowley Training Center, where he taught basic protection to new recruits and advanced protective techniques to Special Agents who were newly appointed to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective Details. In addition to teaching, Mr. Torres also was assigned to run the Operations Center at the Training Center.
Mr. Torres is a native of Bayonne, New Jersey and earned a Doctorate degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University (NJ). Mr. Torres has also received an Education Specialist degree and a Master’s degree in Education, Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University (NJ), and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the New Jersey City University (NJ).