Harvey Varenhorst was born and raised in Nebraska City. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is retired from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (47 years combined active and as a contractor), and after the 9-11 events was requested to return as a Subject Matter Expertise Senior Instructor at the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. He later served in Eastern Europe, mostly in Montenegro as the U.S. Consultant/Counselor for the Montenegro Border Security Programs -- which included Narco-Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation and Human Trafficking. His most recent assignment has been as Senior Investigator for Anti-Money Laudering and Anti-Terroirism with the Financial Investigations Team in New York City. He has served in various major U.S. cities and was permanently assigned to the countries of Japan, Munich, Germany, and Guadalajara, Mexico, along with Pogorica, Montenegro. During his career with the Justice Dept. he conducted official business in more than 46 foreign countries. He is multi-linguistic in German, Spanish and English.
While in Georgia he was a member of the Island Players, a large and active community theatre on St. Simons Island, where he performed in four Broadway Productions. This involvement enlightened him to further realize the commitment of time, effort and rewards of performing before an audience. He is a member of the American Legion Post #8, Life member of the International Narcotic Officers Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association, and the Fraternal Order of Border Agents.
He has returned to Nebraska where his daughter and family (including three grandchildren) live in Lincoln. He has a son who lives in California.