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Boston: New FBI Special Agent In Charge Seeks To Fight Terrorism And Strengthen Counterintelligence
Boston's New FBI Special Agent In Charge Seeks To Fight Terrorism And Strengthen Counterintelligence
Joseph Bonavolonta is the new special agent in charge of Boston's FBI headquarters located in Chelsea.
By Marilyn Schairer
There's a new leader at the Boston Field Office of the FBI. Since late January, 45-year-old Joseph Bonavolonta is settling into his new role as special agent in charge after previously working in the office from 2013 to 2017. Bonavolonta has been with the FBI since 1996, and has also worked in the FBI headquarters in Washington and New Jersey.
WGBH News reporter Marilyn Schairer sat down with Bonavolonta to discuss his vision for the office, his aspirations and goals for the FBI, and his relationship with the community. This transcript has been edited for clarity.
Marilyn Schairer: What are your goals for the Boston FBI office as the new special agent in charge?
Joseph Bonavolonta: What a lot of people don't know when they hear FBI Boston division, they tend to feel that it’s completely focused just on the state of Massachusetts. Our overall area of responsibility covers four states: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. And as you can imagine, every one of those states is very diverse and with different types of national security and/or criminal activity. We are an incredibly target rich environment in this division, anywhere from national security threats such as counter-terrorism and counterintelligence, which don't get talked about as much or enough, as well as cyber threats.