Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 19, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today announced the appointment of Robert J. Jordan as the Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility, which directs the investigation of crimes and serious misconduct by FBI employees and imposes administrative punishment of such misconduct. He will be replacing Michael A. DeFeo who is retiring from the FBI. Mr. DeFeo has been with the FBI since 1996 and was instrumental in revising the FBI's disciplinary process. He will be leaving the FBI to teach at the University of Trento in Northern Italy.

Director Mueller stated that, "I have known Mike for many years and he has an outstanding reputation for integrity. His efforts went a long way to insure the integrity of the Bureau. Mike will be missed and we wish him success in the future."

Mr. Jordan entered on duty with the Bureau in 1980 and has served in the Boston, San Diego, and Newark field offices. While serving in the Boston office, Mr. Jordan had the distinction of being the case agent of the longest running police corruption case in the FBI. Because of Mr. Jordan's efforts, a total of almost forty subjects were convicted, half of them police officers, of Detective rank or higher. In 1998, Mr. Jordan was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Newark field office, where he supervised a large White Collar Crime/Corruption program for the entire state of New Jersey. Most recently, he has served as Chief of the FBI's Integrity in Government/Civil Rights Section at FBI Headquarters.

In appointing Mr. Jordan to this office, Director Mueller said: "Mr. Jordan's strengths, both as an investigator and as an administrator, will bring valued experience to an office that insures the integrity of the FBI." The integrity of the FBI's investigative efforts and its personnel is a priority for Director Mueller. In bringing Mr. Jordan to this position, Director Mueller notes "the FBI's commitment to having a process that insures all allegations of employee misconduct or wrong doing are thoroughly investigated and appropriate disciplinary action is taken."


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