Special Agent Karen Flowers began her law enforcement career in 1991 as a Special Agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
In her 27 year career, Ms. Flowers served as a Special Agent in Washington, D.C., Reno, Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Quantico, Virginia. As a Special Agent, Ms. Flowers was selected for specialty positions at the Office of Training (Leadership and Ethics Unit Course Developer/Instructor); the Office of Security Programs (Executive Protection Detail to former DEA Administrator Karen Tandy); and the Denver Field Division (Public Information Officer).
In 2006, Ms. Flowers was promoted to a Group Supervisor. As a supervisor, Ms. Flowers has led Special Agents, Task Force Officers, Diversion Investigators, Intelligence Research Specialists and support personnel in support of DEA’s mission.
Ms. Flowers served as a Group Supervisor in Grand Junction, Colorado and Washington, D.C. In 2011, Ms. Flowers was promoted to the executive assistant for the Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Special Projects in Arlington, Virginia. In 2013, Ms. Flowers was selected to be the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the San Diego Field Division. In 2015, Ms. Flowers was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Associate Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division. In 2017, Ms. Flowers was promoted to the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Field Division. In 2018, Ms. Flowers was selected to be the Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego Field Division.
As the Special Agent in Charge, Ms. Flowers is responsible for DEA operations in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Ms. Flowers is a DEA Trauma Team member, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The University of Tennessee, and has attended the Naval Postgraduate School Counter Drug Program in Monterey, California and the Naval War College long distance learning program.