The new head of the Cleveland FBI just bought a house in Bay Village and is moving his family here.

That might not sound like much, but it’s a leap of faith for C. Frank Figliuzzi, who last month became the fourth man in five years to head the local FBI office.

“I’m here for as long as I can be,” Figliuzzi said. “We want to be here and plant roots in the community.”

Figliuzzi, 44, will lead a field office for the first time after running large FBI units in San Francisco, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Figliuzzi said he will follow the priorities outlined by the FBI’s leaders, which puts counter-terrorism at the top.

In 2001, Figliuzzi was running the FBI’s white-collar crime squad in Miami, investigating corrupt politicians and police. Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and he was chosen to lead the counter-terrorism squad in Miami. . .

Figliuzzi is proud that he was able to forge relationships with Arab and Muslim groups in Florida while investigating terrorism there. He looks forward to doing the same with groups here.

Altaf Ali, director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said Figliuzzi often visited and met with leaders at mosques while working in Miami. Muslims will find him a good working partner, Ali said.

“He was an individual who actually understood and recognized that the Muslim community is the best tool in helping protect our country,” Ali said.


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