Richmond’s new FBI chief was lead agent in Mueller’s office

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond, Virginia, field office was the lead FBI agent in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

FBI Director Christopher Wray named David Archey as the new head of the Richmond office, the bureau announced Friday. Archey replaces Adam Lee, who announced his retirement in November and now works for Dominion Energy.

Archey began his FBI career in 2001. He most recently worked as a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters and was assigned as the FBI senior lead at the special counsel’s office.

After starting his career in Portland, Oregon, Archey transferred to the Baltimore Field Office. There, he worked on counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters and was a member of the SWAT team. He also served in Bahrain and Jordan, and was deployed to Algiers, Algeria, to coordinate the opening of the FBI’s legal attache office there.

In 2008, Archey became the assistant legal attache and later the acting legal attache in Rabat, Morocco.

He returned to the Baltimore office in 2010 as the supervisory special agent for the counterintelligence squad. In 2013, he led the Baltimore office’s counterintelligence and cyber divisions as assistant special agent in charge.

In 2014, he was promoted to section chief at FBI headquarters, where he oversaw the Global Section in the Counterintelligence Division. He was named deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in 2016.

Archey began work in Richmond on Monday.

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