October 6, 2014

Donald Alway Named Special Agent in Charge of Jackson Division

Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jackson Division. Mr. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations section of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ).

Mr. Alway began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1996. He was first assigned to the Los Angeles Division, where he investigated drug violations. In 2003, he was promoted to a supervisory special agent at FBIHQ in the Counterterrorism Division (CTD). In 2006, he was selected as the unit chief within the CTD Domestic Terrorism/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) section.

In 2007, Mr. Alway transferred to the New York Division where he supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for bombing and terrorism investigations. He led the response and investigative efforts related to the 2008 New York City bombing in Times Square. He was promoted in 2011 to assistant special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division.

In 2005, Mr. Alway was assigned as a deputy-on-scene commander for the Regime Crimes Task Force, where he investigated the former Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. Mr. Alway then served as acting legal attaché in Qatar and assisted in the joint investigation related to the bombing of the British Players Theatre in Doha, Qatar. In 2008, he participated in the development of the FBI Domestic Investigations Operations Guide and was subsequently awarded the 2009 Director’s Award.

Mr. Alway received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in strategic WMD studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Alway also served as a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.