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Darrin E. Jones


Department of Justice Designee

Darrin E. Jones was appointed as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science & Technology Branch in April 2020. In this capacity, he supervises the executives and operations of the FBI Laboratory Division (LD), the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), and the Operational Technology Division (OTD). 

Mr. Jones began his FBI career in September 1997 as a special agent in the Salt Lake City Division where he investigated international drug trafficking, cybercrime, and helped lead the counterterrorism planning for the 2002 Olympics. In 2003, Mr. Jones was promoted to supervisor in the Office of Congressional Affairs at FBI Headquarters, where he served as a liaison for the FBI on technical issues with members of Congress and their staff.

In 2005, Mr. Jones was assigned as a supervisor to the FBI's Operational Technology Division (OTD) at Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he was responsible for the creation of the FBI's Technical Liaison Office and the cultivation of close working relationships between the FBI and high technology companies both domestic and foreign. 

In 2007, Mr. Jones was assigned to the Albuquerque Division as the supervisor overseeing the division's cyber program. In this role, Mr. Jones managed criminal cyber cases as well as national security intrusion investigations. In 2009, while assigned to the Albuquerque Division, Mr. Jones was responsible for coordinating the building of the FBI-led New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (NMRCFL), providing state-of-the-art digital forensics services to the law enforcement and national security communities. Following its completion, Mr. Jones served as the Director of the NMRCFL. 

In 2011, Mr. Jones was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Anchorage Field Office. Two years later, Mr. Jones returned to Washington, D.C., where he was named section chief of the Communications Intercept Section, OTD. Mr. Jones oversaw technical and policy matters associated with both criminal and national security-related electronic communications interception. 

Mr. Jones was appointed as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Kansas City Division in March 2017. In this position, Mr. Jones oversaw the Kansas City Division headquarters and the eight satellite offices that together covered the entire state of Kansas and the western district of Missouri. As SAC, Mr. Jones developed close relationships between the FBI and regional law enforcement partners, including joint management of the Heart of America RCFL (HARCFL), and establishing a robust violent crimes task force in cooperation with the Kansas City Police Department and other federal, state, and local partners. 

In June of 2019, Mr. Jones was appointed as an Assistant Director in the IT Infrastructure Division then transitioned to the role of Assistant Director in the Deputy Director’s Office for the FBI’s Lawful Access initiative. 

Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. In 2018, Mr. Jones earned an advanced certification in Information Security from Carnegie-Mellon University. A native of Nebraska, Mr. Jones is married and the father of two children.