FBI’s Tampa Field Office Gets New Leader

FBI’s Tampa Field Office. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

Matthew W. Fodor has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Tampa Field Office in Florida.

Fodor brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as a deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

Fodor’s work with the FBI began in 2006 when he joined as a special agent. He was first assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he tackled international counterterrorism threats in the D.C. region. Among his contributions were working on the Guantanamo Bay Prosecution Task Force, where he developed criminal cases against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

In 2010, Fodor moved to the Oklahoma City Office, focusing on domestic and international terrorism cases. He was promoted in 2012 to a supervisory special agent in the International Terrorism Operations Section of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In this role, he provided investigative oversight across seven field offices.

In 2014, Fodor was a field supervisor in the Phoenix Field Office, where he managed a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad dedicated to combating homegrown violent extremism and other terrorism threats. His career continued upward in 2018 when he was named assistant section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, overseeing extraterritorial investigations in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Levant region.

In 2019, Fodor took on the role of assistant special agent in charge of the counterterrorism program in the Miami Field Office, later overseeing Miami’s resident agencies. His responsibilities expanded to include criminal, counterintelligence, and cyber programs, as well as crisis management, threat mitigation, and terrorism investigations.

In 2021, he was promoted to section chief of the Counterterrorism Human Intelligence Section in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. He then ascended to the position of deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division in 2023.

Before joining the bureau, Fodor served as a police officer with the Denver Police Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

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