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Local FBI Office Gets New Special Agent In Charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Carol K.O. Lee has been named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, replacing Thomas C. McClenaghan, who retired.


Lee most recently served as a Section Chief in the Office of International Operations at FBI Headquarters, according to an FBI news release.

According to the release, Lee joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1986. Her first assignment was to the Honolulu Division, where she investigated national security, violent crime, organized crime, and drug matters. In 1993, she transferred to the San Francisco Division, where she investigated Asian Criminal Enterprises.

In 1999, Lee was promoted to the Asian/African Criminal Enterprise Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where she served as a Supervisory Special Agent. She was responsible for management of the Asian Criminal Enterprise, African Criminal Enterprise, Drug Smuggling, and Alien Smuggling investigative programs.

Lee returned to the San Francisco Division, Oakland Resident Agency, in 2002, where she supervised national security matters. She was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego Division in 2005. In that capacity, she managed the office’s National Security Branch, which included the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Intelligence programs. She served in that role until 2007, when she was appointed Section Chief of the International Operations Section II within the Office of International Operations. Her responsibilities included oversight of the FBI’s Legal Attach├ęs around the world.

Lee was the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.