Renae McDermott was named the special agent in charge off the FBI's Knoxville Division in August of 2016. Prior to this assignment, Ms. McDermott served as the special assistant to Director Comey.
Ms. McDermott entered on duty with the FBI in 1989 as an FBI police officer and then served as a physical science technician in the Firearms and Tool Marks Unit in the FBI Laboratory. Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1994, she was assigned to the Miami Division, where she worked violent crime, public corruption, and counterterrorism and was an airport liaison agent. Ms. McDermott was a member and team leader on the Miami Division's Evidence Response Team.
In 2004, Ms. McDermott was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ). In 2007, Ms. McDermott became a supervisory special agent in the Dallas Division, where she oversaw Criminal Enterprise Program investigations and supervised the Dallas Safe Streets Task Force.
In 2009, Ms. McDermott was promoted to unit chief of the Onboarding New Employees Program in the Human Resources Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Ms. McDermott was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal and Administrative Branches of the Albuquerque Division.