FBI Boston
Kristen Setera
(857) 386-2905
October 18, 2018

FBI Boston Division Announces Retirement of Special Agent in Charge Harold H. Shaw

Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge (SAC) of the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announces his retirement from government service, effective January 2019, culminating a distinguished 20-year career with the FBI.

Mr. Shaw has served as the special agent in charge of the Boston Division since October 2015, overseeing FBI operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. He also serves as the Director of National Intelligence’s representative for the New England region. In this position and in past roles, Mr. Shaw has overseen many significant investigations, including the country’s largest MS-13 takedown, numerous counterterrorism investigations that led to the convictions of full-fledged soldiers of ISIS, the end of a 36-year manhunt for former Top Ten fugitive Donald Eugene Webb, and the recovery of Steven DiSarro’s remains, which led to the convictions of Frances Salemme and Paul Weadick for his murder, among other high-profile FBI cases. He also oversaw the relocation of the Division’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts to its first stand-alone building in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Mr. Shaw grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and began his career as an FBI special agent in 1999 in the New York Division, where he investigated international and domestic terrorism matters, including the USS Cole bombing and the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of supervisory special agent (SSA) and was detailed to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), where he served as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA in the post-9/11 era. In 2011, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Counterterrorism Division, where he managed the Division’s international terrorism investigations, including the disruption of the 2013 attempted bombings of the New York Federal Reserve and efforts to identify and locate subjects tied to the Benghazi attacks. In July 2014, he was named SAC of the Intelligence Division at the New York Division, where he was responsible for ensuring the integration of intelligence throughout all operational programs. He also oversaw the counterintelligence program for the Division.

Mr. Shaw has accepted a position as Chief Security Officer, overseeing the offices of Corporate Security & Emergency Preparedness at a quasi-public authority.