Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI seal
Robert Mueller

since September 4, 2001
Appointer Barack Hussein Obama
Inaugural holder Stanley Finch (BOI)
J. Edgar Hoover (FBI)
Formation 1908 (as Director of the BOI)

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and responsible for the day-to-day operations. Along with the Deputy Director, the director ensures cases and operations are handled correctly. The director also is in charge of staffing the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents. The director would brief the President on any issues that arise from within the FBI until the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was enacted in response to the September 11 attacks. Since then, the director reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn reports to the President.[1]

Directors are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. In theory, they serve ten-year terms unless they resign, die, or are let go before their term is up; in reality, none have served a full ten years, except J. Edgar Hoover and Robert Mueller, each of whom served longer than ten years. J. Edgar Hoover, appointed by Calvin Coolidge, was by far the longest-serving director; he held the position from 1935 until his death in 1972 because there was no law limiting service time. The current FBI director is Robert Mueller, who was appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush and, at the request of Barack Obama, was authorized by the Senate on July 27, 2011, to serve for a total of 12 years (two years beyond the regular limit).[2] All others have left before reaching the limit, due to resignation, retirement, promotion, or other reasons.

Bureau of Investigation (BOI) Directors (1908–1935)

# Picture Name Period[3] Notes
1 Stanley Wellington Finch, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left.jpg Stanley Finch July 26, 1908 – April 30, 1912
2 Bielaski.jpg A. Bruce Bielaski April 30, 1912 – February 10, 1919
Replace this image male.svg William E. Allen February 10, 1919 – June 30, 1919 Acting
3 William J. Flynn.jpg William J. Flynn July 1, 1919 – August 21, 1921
4 William J. Burns.jpg William J. Burns August 22, 1921 – May 10, 1924
5 FBIHoover.jpg J. Edgar Hoover May 10, 1924 – June 30, 1935

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Directors (1935–present)

# Picture Name Period[3] Length Notes
1 FBIHoover.jpg J. Edgar Hoover July 1, 1935 – May 2, 1972 36 years, 10 months Died in office
Patrickgrey.jpeg L. Patrick Gray May 3, 1972 – April 27, 1973 Acting (11 months)
William Ruckelshaus.jpg William Ruckelshaus April 30, 1973 – July 9, 1973 Acting (3 months)
2 Clarence M. Kelley.jpg Clarence M. Kelley July 9, 1973 – February 15, 1978 4 years, 6 months
Jbadams.jpg James B. Adams February 15, 1978 – February 23, 1978 Acting
3 Williamwebster.jpg William H. Webster February 23, 1978 – May 25, 1987 9 years, 3 months
Otto-lg.jpg John E. Otto May 26, 1987 – November 2, 1987 Acting (7 months)
4 William S. Sessions.jpg William S. Sessions November 2, 1987 – July 19, 1993 6 years, 8 months
Clarke-lg.jpg Floyd I. Clarke July 19, 1993 – September 1, 1993 Acting (2 months)
5 Louisfreeh.jpeg Louis Freeh September 1, 1993 – June 25, 2001 7 years, 9 months
Pickard-lg.jpg Thomas J. Pickard June 25, 2001 – September 4, 2001 Acting (3 months)
6 Robert S. Mueller official portrait.jpg Robert Mueller September 4, 2001 – Present


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