Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2007

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

FBI Director Announces Retirement of Chip Burrus, Assistant Director
for the Criminal Investigative Division

FBI 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.

"Chip 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."

Mr. 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.

At 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 Investigative efforts.

In 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 Council.

In 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.

Mr. Burrus is married and has two children.


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