Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2008

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Clayt Q. Lemme Named SAC of Washington Field Office's Counterintelligence Division

Clayt Q. Lemme has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Counterintelligence Division for the Washington field office. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace SAC Kevin Favreau, who was recently named Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. Most recently, Mr. Lemme served as Chief of the Counterespionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. Mr. Lemme has over 30 years of service in the FBI, with over 20 years of experience in espionage and foreign counterintelligence investigations.

Mr. Lemme entered on duty with the FBI in August 1977 as a fingerprint examiner, and was assigned to FBI Headquarters until he became a special agent in January 1984. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Cincinnati Division, where he investigated white collar crime and violent crime matters. Mr. Lemme then transferred to the Washington field office, where he worked primarily foreign counterintelligence and espionage cases, with intermittent assignments in support of counterterrorism investigations such as the Oklahoma City bombing, the embassy bombings in Africa, and the Atlanta Olympics bombing. He became Supervisor of a Washington field office counterintelligence squad in 1993.

In January 2001, Mr. Lemme transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. While there, he supervised infrastructure protection matters and participated in the management of the 9/11 investigations in the weeks following the attacks. He was then assigned to work with a number of federal agencies to develop and implement procedures for the identification and protection of critical national assets. In February 2003, he returned to counterintelligence, becoming Unit Chief of a counterespionage unit at FBI Headquarters. He was promoted in July 2003 to Assistant Section Chief for counterespionage matters. He remained in that position until he returned to the Washington field office to serve as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Counterintelligence in May 2005. In May 2006, he was promoted to Chief of the Counterespionage Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Lemme was born in Springfield, Illinois, and raised in nearby Jacksonville. He received bachelor's degrees in psychology and business finance from the University of Maryland in 1981. He is married with three children.

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