Deanne L. Reuter, a 22 year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration, was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and assumed the role of Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Denver Field Division in October 2019. As the Special Agent in Charge, Ms. Reuter oversees a staff of over 300 personnel including Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, Intelligence Analysts, Task Force Officers, professional staff, and contractors in 13 offices in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Ms. Reuter has oversight responsibility of the investigative, enforcement, intelligence and regulatory strategies of the Denver Field Division, in efforts to target the highest echelon of international drug traffickers, transnational criminal organizations, and violent gangs, while simultaneously dismantling local distributors.
Ms. Reuter was hired with the DEA as a Special Agent in July 1997, in Seattle, Washington. Soon after, she was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division where she worked as a field Special Agent until she was promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent position at the Los Angeles Field Division in January 2009. During this time, she led a busy enforcement group comprised of DEA Special Agents and deputized state and local officers.
In July 2015, Ms. Reuter reported to DEA Headquarters as an Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), where she investigated allegations of misconduct levied against DEA employees. In June 2016, she was promoted to Senior Inspector in OPR, and in December 2016, she was again promoted to Associate Deputy Chief Inspector in OPR.
Ms. Reuter reported to the Denver Field Division in December 2017, as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge responsible for seven active enforcement groups and several Tactical Diversion Squads whose efforts are aimed at dismantling opioid traffickers in Colorado and Montana, as well as their sources of supply.
Ms. Reuter earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Utica College of Syracuse University and was commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance branch in 1992. She served on active duty for over four years and was promoted to the rank of Captain. Ms. Reuter began her law enforcement career in 1996, as a police officer with the Seattle Police Department.