Melissa Godbold—Special Agent in Charge — FBI

Ms. Godbold began her career with the FBI in 1997. Upon completion of New Agent Training, she was assigned to the Washington Field Office (WFO), where she handled international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) investigations. During her time in Washington, she served as one of the case agents for the Virginia Jihad investigation, which resulted in the conviction of 12 individuals for acts associated with terrorism. She also served as the primary case agent on a long-term, joint FBI-British Secret Investigative Service investigation into a designated terrorist organization member who sought to obtain banned materials.

While at WFO, Ms. Godbold served eight years as the HAZMAT Response Team (HMRT) leader. She was also in charge of the hazardous materials operations at the Pentagon during 9/11 and of dozens of CONUS and OCONUS searches in support of the AMERITHRAX investigation.

In 2010, Ms. Godbold was promoted to a supervisor at WFO, where she was in charge of all personnel security matters, including awareness/prevention of potential security violations, investigation of security incidents, security investigations/re-investigations of WFO employees, and the administration of the WFO polygraph program.

In 2012, Ms. Godbold was selected as the unit chief in the Human Resources Division, where she provided guidance for general service employees’ performance appraisal reviews, performance plans, and performance-based actions.

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