PORTLAND — The FBI has named a new special agent in charge of the Portland division, to replace a man who is retiring at the end of January.

FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday that Loren Cannon, who has been with the FBI since 1998, will assume his new role in late January.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the current top FBI official in Oregon — Greg T. Bretzing — has held the job since March 2014.

According to the FBI, Cannon has most recently served at FBI headquarters as section chief of the Leadership Development Program in the Human Resources Branch.

He began his FBI career in the agency's San Francisco Division, where he investigated violent crime, drug trafficking and international terrorism.