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Robert D. Foley, III—Special Agent in Charge

Robert D. Foley, III—Special Agent in Charge

SAC Foley


On June 6, 2012, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Robert D. Foley, III as the special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office.

Mr. Foley entered on duty with the FBI in September, 1996. Upon completion of New Agent’s Training, he was assigned to the Bridgeport, Resident Agency, New Haven Division. There, he investigated violent crimes, gangs and narcotics matters. In addition to his investigative assignments, Mr. Foley was a member of the New Haven SWAT Team and served as a firearms instructor. In 1999, Mr. Foley transferred to the San Juan Division where he investigated police corruption, gangs and narcotics matters.

In 2003, Mr. Foley was promoted to supervisory special agent at FBIHQ where he was assigned as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel. Later, Mr. Foley served a tour in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Public Corruption Unit. In 2005, Mr. Foley was assigned as a supervisory special agent in the Phoenix Field Office, Tucson Resident Agency, where he supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force and a Criminal Enterprise Squad. While in the Phoenix Division, Mr. Foley accepted an assignment as the senior supervisory resident agent of the Yuma and Lake Havasu Resident Agencies where he supervised all FBI investigative programs with an emphasis on counterterrorism matters, public corruption, and Indian Country crimes.

Mr. Foley returned to FBIHQ in 2007 as the chief of the Transfer Unit, Human Resources Division. There, he was responsible for all agent and professional staff transfers. In 2008, Mr. Foley was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office where he led the Criminal Branch, eight Resident Agencies, and the administrative program.

In 2009, Mr. Foley was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assigned to FBIHQ to serve as the section chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division. In that role, he supervised the FBI’s payroll and personnel actions processing, transfers, employee relations, benefits, and awards programs, as well as the HRD Call Center. Subsequently, Mr. Foley was assigned to lead the Employee Development and Selection Program Section where he had responsibility for the first line and senior level agent promotional process, the promotional process for all FBI executives, as well as management of agent career paths, professional staff career models, transfers, and supervisor development. In May, 2011, Mr. Foley was named as the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division of the Washington Field Office.

Mr. Foley is originally from Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law—Boston. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Prior to the FBI, Mr. Foley served six years as an aviator in the United States Army. He is married and has a daughter.