Randall Coleman is new assistant director of FBI’s counterintelligence division

Randall Coleman
Randall Coleman

Director James Comey has named Randall Coleman assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division. Coleman most recently served as a deputy assistant director for the division.

Coleman began his career as a special agent with the FBI in July 1997. He first reported to the Phoenix Division and worked in the Kingman Resident Agency. While there, he managed multi-agency criminal and domestic terrorism investigations and served as the on-scene commander during bank robberies, fugitive investigations, kidnappings and homicides.

In November 2002, Coleman was promoted to supervisory special agent in the counterintelligence division at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, where he served as a program manager and acting unit chief in the counterespionage section.

He transferred to the San Antonio Division in November 2004 to serve as the counterintelligence program coordinator and squad supervisor. In 2008, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of national security programs for the division. In this role, he provided management oversight for the Fort Hood shooting investigation and also oversaw the dismantlement of a terrorist smuggling operation.

In July 2010, Coleman returned to FBI headquarters to serve as chief of the counterespionage section in the counterintelligence division. Two years later, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Little Rock Division.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from East Central Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the FBI, he was an officer in the U.S. Army for nine years. He served with the 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas, and was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He also served as a battery commander with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, and was deployed to Guantanamo Bay for Operation Sea Signal.