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July 2, 2021

James A. Dawson Named Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office

Director Christopher Wray has named James A. Dawson as the special agent in charge of the Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas. Mr. Dawson most recently served as the SAC of Criminal and Cyber Division of the Washington Field Office.

Mr. Dawson joined the FBI as a special agent in 1999 and first worked on the Organized Crime and Drug Squad in the Milwaukee Field Office. He transferred in 2001 to the Kenosha Resident Agency, a satellite of the Milwaukee office, to cover multiple types of crimes. In 2003, he moved to the McAlester Resident Agency of the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he focused on public corruption. Mr. Dawson was named supervisory senior resident agency of the Muskogee Resident Agency in 2011, overseeing four offices in eastern Oklahoma.

In 2015, Mr. Dawson was promoted to assistant section chief of the Surveillance and Aviation Section in the Critical Incident Response Group. As assistant section chief, Mr. Dawson served as the national program manager of the FBI’s ground surveillance program. In 2016, he was appointed to lead CIRG’s front office—in charge of intelligence, finance, security, facilities, and technical units.

Mr. Dawson was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office in 2017. He supervised 12 squads, including those that worked public corruption, civil rights, and complex financial crimes. He returned to CIRG in 2018 as the section chief for the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Section.

He was promoted to SAC of the Mission Services Division of the Washington Field Office in 2019, then transferred to SAC of the Criminal and Cyber Division in the office in 2020.

Mr. Dawson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a surface warfare officer before joining the FBI.