For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Director Announces Retirement of Chip Burrus, Assistant
for the Criminal Investigative Division
Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today announced that James
H. "Chip" Burrus, Assistant Director for the Criminal
Investigative Division, will retire from the Bureau after
24 years of distinguished public service to pursue an opportunity
in the private sector, effective June 1, 2007.
has led the FBI Criminal Investigative Division during one
of the most important periods in FBI history," said
Director Robert S. Mueller, III. "He served across
the country in five FBI field offices and at FBI Headquarters
and has made tremendous contributions to this institution
and to the safety and security of the American people. Under
his leadership, the FBI has improved oversight of and support
for criminal investigations, especially focusing on public
corruption, violation of civil rights, violent crime and
gangs, organized crime, financial crimes, and the Office
of Victim Assistance. I would like to thank him for the
sacrifices he has made and for his many contributions to
protect and serve the American people."
Burrus joined the FBI as a special agent in August 1983
and was assigned to the El Paso and Midland, Texas, offices
where he focused on public corruption and bank fraud investigations.
After a subsequent transfer to the Washington Field Office,
he was promoted and assigned to the Attorney General's Security
Detail where he worked with Edwin Meese, Richard Thornburgh,
and William Barr. In the field, Mr. Burrus served as a Supervisory
Special Agent in the Orlando Resident Agency, was Assistant
Special Agent in Charge in Minneapolis, and Special Agent
in Charge in Salt Lake City.
Headquarters, he worked in the Office of Professional Responsibility
and served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Director
where he developed a new hiring process for special agents.
In October 2004, he became the Principal Deputy Assistant
Director over CID's National Crimes Branch, where he revitalized
the FBI's public corruption program, streamlined Civil Rights
reporting requirements, and oversaw FBI's Corporate Fraud
February 2006, Dr. Mueller appointed Mr. Burrus the Assistant
Director of the Criminal Division. As Assistant Director,
he has been responsible for coordinating, managing, and
directing all FBI criminal investigative programs nationwide.
In addition, Mr. Burrus represented the FBI as the Chairman
of the Integrity Committee of the President's Council on
Integrity and Efficient, served on the Board of the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and acted as
a Technical Advisor of the U.S. Department of State's Overseas
Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Domestic Security Advisory
2006, Mr. Burrus was honored with the Presidential Rank
Award for Meritorious Achievement based on sustained exceptional
performance and the Assistant Attorney General's Award for
Outstanding Law Enforcement Partnerships. While assigned
as the ASAC in Minneapolis in 2000, he has also received
the Director's Award for work in Indian Country matters.
Burrus is married and has two children.
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