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Attorney General Appoints Regina Lombardo Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release
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Attorney General William P. Barr announced today that he has appointed Regina "Reggie" Lombardo to be Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), effective May 1, 2019.  Lombardo will replace Thomas Brandon, who will be retiring from federal service on April 30, 2019.

"Reggie Lombardo has helped run day-to-day operations at ATF for more than a year and she has proven herself to be an outstanding leader," Attorney General William Barr said. "Like her predecessor, Tom Brandon, she started as a special agent and has been entrusted with greater and greater responsibility over decades of faithful service. She is well qualified to continue ATF's successes of recent years, including helping the Department investigate and prosecute more firearms offenders than ever before. I want to thank Tom Brandon for his 30 years of service to ATF and 36 years of service to this country, and I thank Acting Deputy Director Lombardo for her willingness to accept this new role leading one of the most effective law enforcement agencies in the world."

Lombardo has served as the Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for the agency since March 2018. In this capacity she has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency charged with protecting the public from violent crime and enforcing laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco diversion.   

Lombardo has served as a special agent in the ATF since 1992 and has risen through the ranks as a career employee.  She has held numerous management positions at ATF, including Assistant Director of Human Resources and Professional Development, Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations’ Central Region, Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Field Division, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division, and Assistant Country Attaché in Toronto, Canada.  She will be the first female to lead the agency in its history. 

Updated April 24, 2019

Press Release Number: 19-417