Frank Montoya Jr., the special agent in charge of the Seattle office of the FBI, is retiring. He will be succeeded by Jay S. Tabb Jr., a former Marine infantry officer and a deputy assistant director at FBI headquarters.
Seattle will be getting a new head of the local office of the FBI after the announcement Thursday that the agent in charge, Frank Montoya Jr., is retiring.
FBI Director James Comey said Montoya will be succeeded by Jay S. Tabb Jr., a former Marine infantry officer who recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.
Montoya came to Seattle in 2014 after serving three years as the special agent in charge in Honolulu. His career with the bureau began in 1991 and included stints in Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also assisted in the investigation into the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
In 2000, Montoya transferred to FBI headquarters to oversee national security operations, and he assisted in the investigation of Russian spy Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent. He helped establish the National Cyber Investigative Task force.
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He drew some criticism in Seattle for allowing one of his agents to create a fake Associated Press news story to plant malware in the computer of a bomb-hoax suspect. The move was roundly criticized by the AP and other media, but defended by Montoya and the bureau.
Montoya said he is looking forward to trading his gun and badge for a fishing pole and the opportunity to spend more time with his wife, Cynthia, their four sons, and their families, which include two grandchildren.
“The FBI’s exceptional mission is near to my heart, and I’ve been immensely proud to contribute to our law enforcement and national security efforts,” Montoya said in an FBI news release. “I am honored to have spent the final years of my FBI career with the exceptional agents and professional staff of the Seattle Division, and the extraordinary law enforcement leaders in Washington state.”
Tabb joined the FBI in 1997 and was first assigned to Dallas, where he worked counterterrorism, violent crime and drug-trafficking, the FBI said.