Director Robert S. Mueller, III has appointed Philip A. Selton special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. Mr. Selton most recently served as section leadership in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. He oversaw management of overseas FBI terrorism cases and FBI personnel assigned to the Department of Defense Combatant Commands.
Mr. Selton started his FBI career as a special agent in 1996, and was assigned to the Newark Division. He worked in the organized crime squad with investigations focused on La Cosa Nostra. In 2002, he was promoted to supervisory special agent. While in this role, he supervised a drug squad targeting Mexican, Colombian and Caribbean criminal enterprises. Later he became the supervisor of an organized crime squad that targeted non-traditional criminal enterprises.
In 2005, Mr. Selton was promoted to unit chief in the FBI Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters and was promoted shortly after to assistant section chief. As assistant section chief, he was responsible for the Counterterrorism Division’s units program managing all al-Qaeda related FBI investigations in the continental U.S.
Mr. Selton was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division in 2007. He was responsible for the management of counterterrorism, cyber, security, additional programs and the Toledo Resident Agency.
Prior to his career in the FBI, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and was commissioned as an Army officer. Mr. Selton served five years in the Army, including deployments to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for combat operations in Iraq. After serving in the military, Mr. Selton worked as a stock broker for four years.