Director Robert S. Mueller, III announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harrington as the FBI’s associate deputy director. Mr. Harrington replaces Timothy P. Murphy, who was recently appointed as the FBI’s deputy director.
Mr. Harrington most recently served as the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. He has led the largest operational entity within the FBI that addresses criminal and national security missions, composed of the Criminal, Cyber, and International Operations Divisions as well as the Critical Incident Response Group, the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, and the Office of Victim Assistance.
“Throughout his 25 years with the Bureau, T.J. has distinguished himself as an innovative leader. He has led our efforts to become a more intelligence-led organization and initiated proven management practices to track progress, address gaps, and evaluate successes for our highest priorities and initiatives,” said Director Mueller.
From late 2007 to January 2009, he served as the associate executive assistant director for the National Security Branch. In December 2002, Director Mueller selected Mr. Harrington to serve as a deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, Operational Support Branch and he played a major role in the establishment of the National Security Branch in 2005. He created the National Threat Center and the 24/7 Counterterrorism Watch Center and oversaw the expansion of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
Mr. Harrington’s FBI career began in November 1984 in the Denver Division. In 1993, Mr. Harrington became the supervisor of the Economic Crimes Unit in the Philadelphia Division and was later promoted as the assistant special agent in charge for organized crime, drugs, and violent crime.
Mr. Harrington is a 1978 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and a 1990 honors graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking.