Jay S. Tabb, Jr. assumed leadership of the FBI’s Seattle Division in September 2016. He previously served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division (CTD), overseeing global FBI investigations and operations regarding international terrorism.
Mr. Tabb began his FBI service in 1997 as a special agent assigned to the Dallas Division, where he investigated international and domestic counterterrorism, violent crimes, and drug trafficking. He also served as a firearms instructor, special agent bomb technician (SABT), and member of the SWAT team.
From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Tabb served as an operator on the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), the nation’s only full-time, domestic law-enforcement, counterterrorism team. He participated in numerous domestic and world-wide operations and was critically injured in two separate adversarial operations. The FBI subsequently recognized Mr. Tabb for his heroism and valorous actions with the FBI Medal of Valor and two FBI Stars.
During his career with the FBI, Mr. Tabb has held leadership positions within the Washington Field Office (WFO), the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), and the Counterterrorism Division. For investigations he oversaw as a leader in the Counterterrorism Division, Mr. Tabb received the Exceptional Service Award from the US Attorney General in 2010 and the Exceptional Service Medal from the Director of National Intelligence in 2013.
Mr. Tabb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the FBI, he served more than seven years in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer in several command and staff billets, participating in numerous global deployments, including combat operations in Southwest Asia. Mr. Tabb and his wife have two adult sons.