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Andrew G. Arena Named Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office

Washington, D.C. January 11, 2007
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, has announced the appointment of Andrew G. Arena as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Division. The Detroit Division serves the state of Michigan. In addition to the headquarters office in Detroit, Mr. Arena will oversee 11 FBI satellite offices within the division’s territory. Mr. Arena will report to the Detroit Division on March 1, 2007.

Mr. Arena was born on May 6, 1962 in Dearborn, Michigan. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in June 1985 from Central Michigan University and also spent two semesters studying in England at Cambridge University. In May, 1988, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Mr. Arena entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in June 1988. His first office of assignment was the Albany Division, Syracuse Resident Agency, where he worked general criminal and organized crime matters. In July 1993, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Division and was assigned as team leader of a Violent Street Gang Task Force.

In July 1995, Mr. Arena was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters. In 1997, he was appointed supervisor of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Squad in the Cleveland Division. This squad investigated matters such as bank robberies, armored car robberies, and fugitives. He was then promoted to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Youngstown Resident Agency in the Cleveland Division. Investigations in Youngstown focused on the systemic public corruption and organized crime that had long plagued the area.

Mr. Arena was designated Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Detroit Division by then Director Louis J. Freeh on March 22, 2001. As ASAC Detroit, he oversaw the Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Programs.

In April 2002, Mr. Arena was promoted to Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters. The following year, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence and assigned to the Director's Office.

On February 24, 2004, Director Mueller promoted Mr. Arena to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Administrative Division, New York Field Office. SAC Arena was re-assigned as the SAC of the New York Office Criminal Division on March 1, 2005.

Mr. Arena is married and has three daughters.