Tuesday Nov 17, 2009
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)
Deborah Sibila retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in July 2009 with 26 years of military and federal law enforcement experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement/Police Science from Sam Houston State University in 1980 and her Masters in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University in 1984.
Ms. Sibila began her law enforcement career as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer. She entered active duty in May 1980, receiving her commission through the ROTC program at SHSU. Ms. Sibila left military service in July 1984, and became an investigator for the Defense Investigative Service conducting background investigations for Department of Defense civilian and military employees.
In 1987, she was hired as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Houston, Texas, where she worked federal firearm, arson and explosives investigations. In 1991, she transferred to the DEA, working federal narcotic and money-laundering investigations in Houston and the surrounding area. In 1999, Ms. Sibila was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and transferred to Brownsville, Texas, where she worked as a supervisor of a multi-agency drug task force group. In 2002, she relocated to Washington, D.C., to complete a tour of duty at DEA Headquarters. While assigned to DEA Headquarters, Ms. Sibila taught operational and evidence-related policy at the DEA Justice Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2005, Ms. Sibila transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where she supervised a DEA group targeting domestic and international drug trafficking organizations. She retired from DEA in July 2009, after being accepted into the PhD program at the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU.