James “Robert” Brown, Jr. Named Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Office
FBI Director Christopher Wray has named James “Robert” Brown, Jr. as special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office. Mr. Brown most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the National Security Branch’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters.
Mr. Brown entered on duty with the FBI in 2002 and was first assigned to the Miami Field Office, where he investigated transnational organized crime and served as a firearms instructor and a member of the SWAT team.
In 2007, Mr. Brown joined the attorney general’s protection detail at the Washington Field Office, where he led numerous protective operations, including multiple overseas operations in Iraq and East Asia.
In 2011, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent over the Raleigh Resident Agency, Charlotte Field Office, where he supervised complex investigations targeting gangs and public corruption. He also led the Joint Terrorism Task Force and supervised numerous terrorism investigations. He successfully managed a team that was presented with the 2015 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for its efforts in the kidnapping investigation and rescue of a North Carolina district attorney’s father.
Mr. Brown was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Columbia Field Office in July 2014, where he oversaw the FBI’s response to and subsequent investigation of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
In July 2016, Mr. Brown was promoted to chief of the Criminal Investigative Division’s Transnational Organized Crime Western Hemisphere Section at FBI Headquarters, where he oversaw the FBI’s efforts to curb the national opioid epidemic.
Mr. Brown is a native of Pickens, South Carolina, and graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Norwich University, and he is a graduate of the ODNI’s Leading in the Intelligence Community program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Brown served as a deputy sheriff for nine years.