SEC names Dicke head of enforcement in SF regional office (I hear he can be a real stickler for the rules. We've needed a man with this quality in SEC enforcement for a long time.) Posted by Jack Davis on September 10th, 2008 at 12:39 pm | Categorized as Backdating, SEC | Tagged as Option backdating, Securities and Exchange Commission The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the promotion of Michael Dicke to Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in the agencyâs San Francisco Regional Office. Dicke will lead a large staff of attorneys, accountants and other professionals who investigate and litigate federal securities law violations in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska, according to a press release put out by the SEC. Dicke, 44, joined the SEC in 1996 as a staff attorney after five years in private practice. Since then, he has served in several supervisory capacities, most recently as an assistant regional director for enforcement since 2005. He replaces Marc Fagel, who was recently promoted to regional director of the San Francisco office. Dicke has has helped oversee many recent stock option backdating cases, as well as cases involving financial fraud by public companies, investment adviser and mutual fund misconduct, and penny stock fraud.