Director James B. Comey has selected J. Britt Johnson to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division. Mr. Johnson most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he oversaw investigations into violent crime, violent crimes against children, transnational organized crime, and Southwest border crimes.
Mr. Johnson began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the San Diego Field Office to investigate violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking. In March 2000, he became a special agent bomb technician and transferred to the division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
In April 2002, Mr. Johnson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Unit within the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. In August 2004, he was promoted to chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit and managed the FBI’s counterterrorism response policy and program management for the FBI’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Counterterrorism Programs.
Mr. Johnson transferred to the Atlanta Field Office in April 2005, where he oversaw the domestic terrorism and threat squad on the JTTF. In December 2005, he became the supervisory special agent of the division’s Field Intelligence Group. In October 2008, Mr. Johnson was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over the intelligence, surveillance, and aviation programs.
Mr. Johnson was promoted in August 2009 to section chief of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he supervised transport aircraft, field aviation surveillance, and ground surveillance programs.
In February 2012, Mr. Johnson became a deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters and was responsible for strategic intelligence analysis and collection and targeting against priority global threats. In June 2012, he was re-assigned as deputy assistant director of the new Analysis and Strategic Issues Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence.
In January 2013, Mr. Johnson was designated as acting assistant director of CIRG and oversaw all aspects of the FBI’s rapid response to and management of crisis incidents.
He was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division in March 2013.