by Max Brantley
Randall C. Coleman, who had been chief of the counterespionage section of the FBI headquarters in Washington, is the new special agent in charge of the FBI office in Little Rock. He succeeds Valerie Parlave, who was promoted to a D.C. job about a month ago.
FBI release follows (my original headline had an unfortunate typo "no leader"):
Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Randall C. Coleman special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Division. Mr. Coleman most recently served as chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Coleman began his career as a special agent with the FBI in July 1997. He first reported to the Phoenix Division and worked in the Kingman Resident Agency. While there, he managed multi-agency criminal and domestic terrorism investigations and served as the on-scene commander during bank robberies, fugitive investigations, kidnappings and homicides.
In November 2002, Mr. Coleman was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters, where he served as a program manager and acting unit chief in the Counterespionage Section.
Mr. Coleman was transferred to the San Antonio Division in November 2004 to serve as the Counterintelligence Program coordinator and squad supervisor. In 2008, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of national security programs for the division. Mr. Coleman provided management oversight to the Fort Hood shooting investigation, the dismantlement of a terrorist smuggling operation and multiple successful counterintelligence cases.
In July 2010, Mr. Coleman was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and returned to FBI Headquarters to serve as chief of the Counterespionage Section, where he oversaw the arrests of numerous individuals for espionage or espionage-related charges.
Mr. Coleman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from East Central Oklahoma State University, then became an officer in the U.S. Army for nine years. He served with the 1 st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas, and was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He also served as a battery commander with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, and was deployed to Guantanamo Bay for Operation Sea Signal. He is a decorated combat veteran.
Mr. Coleman is married and has two daughters.