Amy Jo Lyons – Assistant Director, Inspection Division
Amy Jo Lyons, an 18-year veteran of the FBI, was named Assistant Director of the Bureau’s Inspection in July 2009. Before that, she served as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Baltimore Division with oversight of all FBI operations in the states of Maryland and Delaware.
Ms. Lyons entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in January 1990. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, she was assigned to the New Haven Division. While there, she investigated international drug money laundering cases and led a Safe Streets Task Force focused on the Almighty Latin Kings Nation. After six years, she was promoted to the International Training and Assistance Program at the FBI Academy. She was later assigned to the Latin American Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Organized Crime/Drug Section at FBI Headquarters.
In February 1999, Ms. Lyons transferred to the New York Division, where she managed an Italian Organized Crime Squad focused on the Columbo Organized Crime Family. She served in this position until July 2001, when she was appointed to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Special Operations Branch. Shortly thereafter, she served as the On Scene Commander in the New York Division’s Joint Operations Center in response to the 9/11 attacks. She was subsequently assigned to FBI Headquarters to work on the investigation of Zacharias Moussaoui. Upon her return to New York, Ms. Lyons spent three years as the ASAC of the International Terrorism Branch, supervising the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In August 2006, Ms. Lyons was promoted to an Inspector within the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. In this role, she led teams responsible for sensitive investigations and the assessment of FBI operations and performance throughout the country. In January 2008, she was designated as the Chief Inspector in the Inspection Division.
Ms. Lyons is a native of New Jersey. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in psychology from Ball State University. Prior to her employment with the FBI, Ms. Lyons was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Newark, NJ.