FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Stephen Laycock as assistant director for the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters. Laycock most recently served as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s counterintelligence division.
Laycock entered on duty with the FBI in 1992 as a physical science technician in the Firearms and Toolmarks Unit at the FBI Laboratory and was certified as a forensic scientist. In 1995, Laycock began his career as a special agent and was first assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, Oakland Resident Agency, where he worked counterintelligence matters.
In 2000, Laycock was selected to serve as the FBI liaison to three Department of Energy national laboratories in the San Francisco area: Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, and Lawrence Berkeley. Laycock also served on the San Francisco SWAT team and Evidence Response Team.
In 2003, Laycock was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. He then transferred to the Critical Incident Response Group’s Crisis Management Unit. In 2006, Laycock was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division.
Laycock was named supervisory special agent in the Norfolk Field Office in 2008, where he oversaw cyber and national security investigations. In 2013, Laycock was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Field Office’s national security, intelligence, and administrative branches.
In 2015, Laycock was selected to serve as chief of the Eurasian Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters.
Laycock received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.