Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 15, 2013 @ 7:36PM
Created on March 15, 2013 @ 6:37PM
It was about a decade ago that the FBI moved its CJIS division to Clarksburg and now, one local representative would like to see it's headquarters move here as well. The chances are slim to none it's definitely something authorities would be interested in.
Representative Nick Joe Rahall suggested Clarksburg as the new headquarters during a hearing this week. Currently the headquarters is in Washington, DC at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
It's been determined that the Hoover building doesn't meet the security needs of the agency and it is deteriorating. The FBI is looking to have a consolidated place for it's 10,000 employees that are in the DC area. That's sort of how Clarksburg gets rolled out of the mix. Higher ups told the Exponent Telegram that the search is pretty much centralized on the Washington, DC area as well as the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia. However, Rahall said he believed Clarksburg would be a terrific place for the headquarters since the FBI's largest division is here and there's 1,000 acres owned by the f-b-i that could provide space for expansion.
"From our standpoint, we believe that this is an ideal location if that were ever to come to fruition. Just the fact that the federal government already owns so much property in that area, it is a very secure area and it's far enough away from DC yet close enough though that they could make day trips back if need to be," said Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe.
"As far as the police department and the city as a whole, I'm sure, would welcome with open arms the FBI center to expand here," said Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff.
During the house committee meeting on the subject, FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins said certain divisions, including the CJIS one are not part of the headquarters consolidation.
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