Cleveland FBI office gains new chief

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new Cleveland FBI Bureau Chief was announced Monday.

Gregory D. Nelsen has been named special agent in charge of the bureau, which oversees crime investigations in Ohio’s 40 northernmost counties.

Nelsen succeeds Eric Smith, who retired in May after leading the Cleveland office for three years. Smith is now vice president of Sierra Space, a Colorado-based commercial space travel company.

FBI Director Christopher Wray named Nelsen on Monday. Nelsen most recently served as Deputy Assistant Director of Criminal Justice Information Services in West Virginia.

The center is the agency’s technology hub and includes an array of responsibilities, including the FBI’s crime lab, fingerprint technology, and crime statistics analysis. It also helps local police and intelligence agencies.

Nelsen first worked as a police officer in Virginia Beach, Va., before becoming an agent in 2001. His first assignment, with the FBI office in Miami, included investigating violent crimes, drugs, gangs and organized crime.

He began working in 2006 as an FBI supervisory agent at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in Washington, D.C., and was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counter Terrorist Center Iraq Unit for two years. .

Nelsen then taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico for two years before being assigned to the Buffalo office as a supervisor in charge of human intelligence and then that region’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

His last stop before his job in West Virginia was in Pittsburgh, where he served as assistant special agent in charge and managed criminal investigations and cyber and intelligence programs.

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