WASHINGTON - Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Robert D. Foley, III special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Division. Mr. Foley most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division in the Washington Field Office. Foley replaces former FBI Special Agent Andrew Arena.
Foley entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in September 1996. He first reported to the Bridgeport Resident Agency in the New Haven Division, where he investigated violent crimes, gangs and narcotics matters. He was also a member of the SWAT team and served as a firearms instructor.
In 1999, Foley transferred to the San Juan Division and investigated police corruption, gangs and narcotics matters. In 2003, Foley was promoted to supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters, where he was assigned as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel. He later moved to the Public Corruption Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division.
In 2005, Foley reported to the Tucson Resident Agency in the Phoenix Division. While there, he supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force and a Criminal Enterprise Squad. He was then assigned senior supervisory resident agent of the Yuma and Lake Havasu Resident Agencies to supervise all FBI investigative programs in the area, with an emphasis on counterterrorism matters, public corruption and Indian Country crimes.
Foley returned to FBI Headquarters in 2007 as the chief of the Transfer Unit in the Human Resources Division. In this role, he was responsible for all agent and professional staff transfers. In 2008, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Branch in the Louisville Division, where he also oversaw eight resident agencies and the Administrative program.
In 2009, Foley was promoted to chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division. While there, he supervised the FBI’s payroll and personnel actions processing, transfers, employee relations, benefits, and awards programs, as well as the HRD Call Center. Foley was then assigned chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program Section, with responsibility for promotional processes and supervisor development.