Director James B. Comey has named Sean M. Cox special agent in charge of the FBI’s Springfield Division. Mr. Cox most recently served as a section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cox began his career as a special agent with the FBI in June 1999. He was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he investigated narcotics, fugitives, and counterterrorism matters.
In 2004, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. He managed the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List and served as the FBI’s representative to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). In this capacity, he worked to ensure the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List was fully integrated with the greater U.S. Intelligence Community at the TSC.
Mr. Cox was promoted in 2006 to a supervisory special agent in the Milwaukee Division. He established the division’s first Field Intelligence Group and, in 2009, assumed supervisory responsibility for the division’s Counterintelligence Program.
In June 2011, Mr. Cox was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch in the St. Louis Division. He oversaw the division’s international and domestic terrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, intelligence, crisis management, security, and surveillance and aviation programs. Mr. Cox also served as the leadership coordinator for the Leadership Development Program at FBI Headquarters.
Prior to his appointment with the FBI, Mr. Cox served in the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Mount Senario College.