FBI Director James B. Comey has named Frank Montoya Jr. as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle Division.

Montoya most recently worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he served as the national counterintelligence executive, the FBI said in a news release. In that role, he was the head of national counterintelligence for the United States government.

The previous special agent in charge, Laura M. Laughlin, abruptly retired in February.

According to the news release:

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Montoya began his career as a special agent with the FBI in May 1991 in the San Antonio Division, where he dealt with violent crime, and created and led the division’s fugitive task force. He also worked temporarily in the Oklahoma City Division to aid the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.

In June 1996, Montoya transferred to the San Juan (Puerto Rico) Division, where he worked in the special-operations group and served as a surveillance-team leader on drug, violent crime and national security cases.

He was then assigned to the Washington Field Office’s national-security squad. While there, Montoya participated in and led domestic and foreign investigations and operations.

In April 2000, Montoya was promoted and transferred to FBI Headquarters to oversee national-security investigations and operations. He transferred to the Milwaukee Division in November 2002. He served as supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.

He returned to FBI Headquarters in December 2005 and was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division. He participated in the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

In July 2007, he transferred to the San Francisco Division as assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch.

In 2009, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division. Two years later, he was selected as special agent in charge of the Honolulu Division.

Steve Miletich: 206-464-3302 or smiletich@seattletimes.com