In August 2016, Ms. Amy S. Hess was appointed as the special agent in charge of the Louisville Division with responsibility for all FBI personnel and operations throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2018, she was named executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. The unit oversees the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Critical Incident Response Group, Cyber Division, International Operations Division and Victim Services Division.
Ms. Hess began her career as a special agent in January 1991. Upon completion of New Agents Training, she was assigned to the Kansas City Field Office, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. She was also an applicant assessor, a firearms instructor, and a charter member of the office’s Evidence Response Team.
In 1999, Ms. Hess transferred to the Louisville Division and served as its first Joint Terrorism Task Force Coordinator before being promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad. In 2005, she was appointed assistant inspector/team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.
In 2007, Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, assigned to the Tucson Resident Agency, which included oversight of the Sierra Vista, Yuma, and Lake Havasu City Resident Agencies. During this assignment, she was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, first as chief of the executive staff in the National Security Branch and, subsequently, as section chief in the International Operations Division. In 2010, she reported to the Memphis Division as the special agent in charge, overseeing all FBI personnel and operations in the Middle and Western Federal Judicial Districts of Tennessee.
In 2011, Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant director of the Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia, leading the development and delivery of sophisticated technical capabilities in support of the FBI’s investigative and intelligence missions. In January 2014, she was promoted to executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, with responsibility for the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.
Ms. Hess is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana and holds a degree in aeronautical/ astronautical engineering from Purdue University