By Steve Neavling
John S. Morales has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s El Paso Field Office.
Before the appointment, Morales was serving as deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
Morales began his career with the bureau in 2003, when he was assigned to the San Juan Field Office investigating violent crimes against children, drug trafficking, and cybercrime.
He was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in 2011.
In 2014, Morales became senior supervisory resident agent in the Jacksonville Field Office, Tallahassee Resident Agency, where he also was the public corruption program coordinator.
In 2017, Morales became special assistant agent in charge of the San Juan Field Office, overseeing national security and intelligence programs.
In 2020, he was appointed section chief of the Foreign Threat Tracking Task Force, and in 2022, he was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
Morales received a bachelor’s degree in bio-medical science and microbiology and a master’s degree in finance, accounting, and industrial management from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.