In August 2016, Ms. Amy S. Hess was appointed by FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr. to serve as the special agent in charge of the Louisville Division with responsibility for all FBI personnel and operations throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Ms. Hess began her career as a special agent in January 1991. Upon completion of New Agents Training, she was assigned to the Kansas City Field Office, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. She was also an applicant assessor, a firearms instructor, and a charter member of the office’s Evidence Response Team.
In 1999, Ms. Hess transferred to the Louisville Division and served as its first Joint Terrorism Task Force Coordinator before being promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad. In 2005, she was appointed assistant inspector/team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, assigned to the Tucson Resident Agency, which included oversight of the Sierra Vista, Yuma, and Lake Havasu City Resident Agencies. During this assignment, she was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.
Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, first as chief of the executive staff in the National Security Branch and, subsequently, as section chief in the International Operations Division. In 2010, she reported to the Memphis Division as the special agent in charge, overseeing all FBI personnel and operations in the Middle and Western Federal Judicial Districts of Tennessee.