02/04/2005 12:00AM

Fabian named TRPB head

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Frank Fabian, an assistant section chief in the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been hired as the president of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, the protective bureau announced on Friday. Fabian will replace the TRPB's longtime president, Paul Berube, who is retiring.

Fabian, who will start on Feb. 28, joined the FBI in 1985 and was promoted to his current position at the agency after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington D.C.

Berube will stay on at the protective bureau until April 1 for a one-month transitional period.

The TRPB, formed in 1946, originally focused on race-fixing and horse-doping, but in the past several years has focused more on wagering investigations. In 2003, the bureau hired its first wagering analyst, J. Curtis Linnell.