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Donald Alway Named Assistant Director in Charge of FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office

Assistant Director in Charge Donald Alway

By Steve Neavling

Donald Alway has been named assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he began his career 26 years ago.  

Alway began working for the FBI as a special agent in 1996, when he was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office to investigate drug trafficking organizations.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he helped at the crime scenes in New York City and at the Pentagon.

In 2003, Alway was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, and in 2005, he became the deputy on-scene commander in the Iraq Theatre of Operations for the Regimes Crimes Task Force before working as the acting legal attaché in Doha, Qatar.

In 2007, Alway went to the New York Field Office to supervise a joint terrorism task force squad, specialized responses, and special event planning.  

In 2011, he became assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch in the Cincinnati Field Office.

A year later, Alway returned to headquarters as a section chief in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD). 

In 2014, he was appointed special agent in charge of the Jackson Field Office in Mississippi.

Alway became the deputy assistant director of the Training Division in 2016, and as assistant director in 2018. 

In 2019, Alway was appointed assistant director of the WMDD.

Before joining the bureau, Alway  was a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and master’s degrees from California State University at Long Beach and from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Turner Named Associate Director of FBI

Brian C. Turner, via FBI

By Steve Neavling

Brian C. Turner has been appointed to serve as the associate deputy director of the FBI, a position in which he will oversee all bureau personnel, budget, administration, infrastructure, compliance, insider threat, and diversity and inclusion programs.

Before the appointment, Turner was the executive assistant director of the bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. 

Turner’s career with the FBI began in 2002 in the Philadelphia Field Office, where he investigated white-collar crimes and criminal enterprises and supported surveillance operations. 

He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 to support FBI operational priorities in the region. When he returned, he joined the Counterterrorism Division Fly Team. 

In 2012, Turner went to the Tucson Resident Agency of the Phoenix Field Office to supervise a criminal enterprise squad focused on violent crimes of Mexican drug cartels along the border. He later supervised the Tucson Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Turner became assistant special agent in charge of criminal and administrative programs in the Minneapolis Field Office in 2016. A year later, he became section chief in the International Operations Division at headquarters, where he oversaw the bureau’s legal attaché operations in Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

In 2018, Turner was named special agent in charge of the New Haven Field Office in Connecticut. 

In 2020, he was promoted to assistant director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters. 

In 20201, he became executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. 

Turner received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army for about a decade. Turner earned a master’s degree from Long Island University.

Before joining the bureau, he taught at West Point. 

Spencer Evans Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office

FBI Special Agent in Charge Spencer Evans

By Steve Neavling

Spencer L. Evans has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office. 

Before the appointment, he served as a deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters.

Evans’ career with the FBI began in 2004, when he was assigned to the New Haven Field Office in Connecticut, investigating white-collar crime and health care fraud. He moved to the San Diego Field Office in 2008 to investigate health care fraud, international terrorism, issues stemming from Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and other violations. He also served as a crisis negotiator for the FBI and the San Diego Police Department.

In 2011, Evans became supervisory special agent and served a joint-duty assignment to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center in Merrifield, Virginia. In 2012, he became unit chief in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2014, Evans became supervisory senior resident agent for three offices under the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida. He oversaw bureau operations for 10 counties in northwest Florida, managing the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Child Exploitation Task Force, and Financial Crimes Task Force. He also was Jacksonville’s domestic terrorism program coordinator.

In 2016, Evans became assistant special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he oversaw programs including cyber, intelligence, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, crisis response, and community outreach.

In 2019, he became section chief of the Office of Private Sector at FBI headquarters, where he oversaw the bureau’s strategic engagement with the private and academia sectors. 

In 2020, he was appointed to deputy assistant director of the Human Resources Division, where he was in charge of the sections responsible for employee health, performance, payroll, benefits, and leadership selection.

Before the FBI, Evans worked in the banking industry. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

James A. Tarasca Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Detroit Field Office

Special Agent in Charge James A. Tarasca

By Steve Neavling

James A. Tarasca, who was serving as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office, the bureau announced.

Tarasca’s career with the FBI began in 1999, when he was assigned to the Orlando Resident Agency of the Tampa Field Office in Florida to investigate white-collar crime. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he began investigating counterterrorism throughout Central Florida. He also served as a firearms instructor and a member of the Tampa SWAT team. 

In 2003, Tarasca joined the Hostage Rescue Team, based at Quantico, Va. In addition to participating in numerous domestic operations, he was deployed internationally, including to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, he became supervisory special agent and team leader. 

In 2011, Tarasca transferred to the Philadelphia Field Office, where he served on the Violent Crimes Task Force. In 2013, he became supervisory special agent of the task force before returning to Afghanistan in 2016 to work counterterrorism and kidnapping matters. 

In 2017, Tarasca was named assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

In 2018, Tarasca was promoted to section chief in the International Operations Division, where he oversaw FBI operations in Europe and Eurasia and the Global Readiness Unit. In 2019, he returned to the New York Field Office, serving as special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division and JTTF. 

In 2021, he was named deputy assistant director of operations in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters in 2021. 

Tarasca received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership, two FBI Shields of Bravery, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery. He has a bachelor’s degree in management from Eastern University and was a Pennsylvania state trooper before joining the FBI.  

Stacey Moy Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Diego Field Office

FBI Special Agent Stacey Moy.

By Steve Neavling

Stacey Moy has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office. 

Moy, who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Intelligence and Incident Response Division at the Washington Field Office, joined the bureau as a special agent in 2004 in the Washington Field Office, where he investigated foreign counterintelligence and espionage cases. Moy investigated penetrations of the U.S. intelligence community, media leaks, and economic espionage, and also served on the SWAT team.

In 2009, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters, dealing with cases involving the targeting and acquisition of U.S. trade secrets by foreign adversaries.

In 2011, Moy became field supervisor of a counterproliferation squad in the Oakland Resident Agency of the San Francisco Field Office.

In 2014, he served as unit chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. The center is tasked with leading the bureau’s efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other technologies that threaten national security. In 2015, Moy was promoted to assistant section chief of the center.

In 2016, he moved to the San Francisco Field Office to serve as the assistant special agent in charge of the criminal branch in charge of investigating financial crimes, public corruption, civil rights, and violent crimes against children. In 2017, Moy was named a Counterintelligence Division section chief, and in 2019, was promoted to deputy assistant director.

In June 2020, May was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the Washington Field Office. 

Moy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. He earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and was a senior executive fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for Executive Education.

Paul Brown Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Mobile Field Office in Alabama

FBI’s Mobile, Ala., Field Office. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

Paul W. Brown has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Mobile Field Office in Alabama. 

Before the appointment, Brown was serving as the deputy assistant director in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters.

Brown’s career with the FBI began in 2006, when he was assigned to the Bedford Resident Agency in New Hampshire, a sub-office of the Boston Field Office. He investigated criminal violations and then counterterrorism. He also was the coordinator of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and was deployed to Iraq to support counterterrorism efforts.

In 2012, Brown became supervisory special agent and moved to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. After a promotion, he became unit chief in 2013 and served as a program manager over U.S.-based international terrorism investigations.

In 2015, Brown went to the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida, where he led the North Florida JTTF.

In 2018, he was chosen to serve as the assistant special agent in charge of the cyber, counterintelligence, and crisis response programs of the Phoenix Field Office. A year later, Brown was promoted to section chief and appointed director of the FBI’s High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group. 

In 2020, Brown became deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, helping lead the bureau’s efforts to prevent and diminish threats of the criminal use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials. 

Before joining the FBI, Brown served as an officer in the U.S. Army and worked as a business consultant for a multinational professional services company. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from Tarleton State University in Texas.

Michael E. Hensle Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office

Special FBI Agent in Charge Michael Hensle

By Steve Neavling

Michael E. Hensle has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office. 

Hensle had been serving as the deputy assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Hensle became an FBI special agent in 2003, when he was first assigned to the Albany Field Office in New York, investigating white-collar crime, public corruption, and civil rights. 

In 2006, Hensle moved to the Newark Field Office in New Jersey and continued to investigate public corruption. He also investigated organized crime, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction violations. 

In 2008, Mr. Hensle became supervisory special agent in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters, where he worked in the Infrastructure Countermeasures Unit and Biological Countermeasures Unit. In 2011, he was promoted to chief of the Biological Countermeasures Unit and led the bioterrorism program and initiatives to prevent the acquisition, production, and use of biological agents as weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). 

In 2012, Hensle transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he initially led the domestic terrorism, WMD, and crisis management programs for Utah, Idaho, and Montana. In 2015, he became assistant special agent in charge of Salt Lake City’s counterterrorism, WMD, crisis management, and administrative programs and oversaw the eight resident agencies in Montana.  In 2017, Hensle led the field office’s counterintelligence, cyber, intelligence, and administrative programs. 

In 2018, Hensle became inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters. In 2020, he was appointed to chief inspector and provided oversight of eight inspectors and staff in the Office of Inspections. 

Later in 2020, Mr. Hensle became deputy assistant director in the Inspection Division, where he continued to lead the Office of Inspections and oversaw the FBI’s internal affairs portfolio. In addition, he coordinated audits and reviews of the bureau conducted by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office.  

Nicholas Dimos Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Finance And Facilities Division

Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Nicholas Dimos has been named the assistant director of the Finance and Facilities Division (FFD) at FBI headquarters. 

Previously, Dimos was the division’s deputy assistant director.

Dimos’ duties are to oversee the bureau’s finances, facilities, and logistics functions and serve as the chief financial officer, head of contracting activity, and real property officer.

Dimos was a budget analyst in the finance Division when he first joined the FBI in 2006. 

In 2009, Dimos became a team leader in the Budget Formulation and Presentation Unit, overseeing budget development.

In 2012, he served as an acting supervisor and transition leader and a year later was transferred to the development team of the FBI’s new financial system, which Dimos helped implement.

In 2014, Dimos became the national intelligence financial manager and served as the FBI’s senior financial liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress on national intelligence financial matters.

In 2015, he was promoted to assistant section chief of the Finance and Facilities Division, where he oversaw budget formulation, execution, and reporting across all FBI funding sources.

In 2017, Dimos became the deputy assistant director of FFD, serving as the FBI’s deputy chief financial officer. His responsibilities included the budget, procurement, accounting, and audit functions. He also headed up several initiatives to modernize financial services. 

Before joining the bureau, Dimos was a middle school science teacher in Philadelphia. He received an economics degree from DePauw University in Indiana and a graduate degree in security studies from Georgetown University.