FBI Director Robert Mueller III named Harrison, special agent in charge of the Memphis division since 2005, the deputy assistant director for the FBI's Security Division. FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said she would be moving in approximately two months.
Harrison, the third African-American female to enter the ranks of the FBI's Senior Executive Schedule, was known for her "tap tap tap" warning to corrupt politicians, which she made during a press conference during her Memphis tenure.
Harrison began her career with the FBI in 1985 after working as a deputy sheriff in Tampa, Florida.
She blended toughness and compassion. She was stone-faced in front of television cameras but genial off camera and even embraced some members of the news media while attending Tennessee Waltz trials. One of her hobbies was power-lifting, and she once held an FBI record in the leg press.