Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Incumbent
David Bowdich

since January 30, 2018
Reports to Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Appointer Director of the FBI
Inaugural holder Clyde Tolson (BOI)
Formation 1930 (as Associate Director)
Deputy Associate Deputy Director

The Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (formerly known as the Associate Director) is a senior United States government position in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The office is second in command to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If the Director is absent or the position is vacant, the Deputy Director automatically takes on the additional title and role of Acting Director. The office is also the highest position attainable within the FBI without being appointed by the President of the United States. Responsibilities as Deputy Director include assisting the Director and leading prominent investigations. All other FBI executives and Special Agents in Charge report to the Director through the Deputy Director. From 1978 to 1987, the position of Deputy Director was not filled due to William Hedgcock Webster's decision to divide the Deputy's responsibility between three positions.

Andrew G. McCabe held the office from February 1, 2016 until January 29, 2018.[1] McCabe served as the Acting Director proceeding the dismissal of former Director James Comey by President Donald Trump,[2] from May 9 to August 2, 2017. After being at the center of tensions between the White House and FBI, McCabe announced his retirement on January 29, 2018.[3] David Bowdich, former associate deputy director of the FBI, was named acting deputy director once McCabe went on leave.[4] On April 13, 2018, Bowdich was promoted to Deputy Director.[5]

Deputy Directors[edit]

No. Portrait Deputy Director Term
Start End
1 Clyde Tolson.jpg Clyde Tolson 1930 May 2, 1972
2 MarkFelt.jpg Mark Felt May 3, 1972 June 22, 1973
3 Jbadams.jpg James B. Adams June 22, 1973 February 5, 1978
4 Jbadams.jpg James B. Adams April 6, 1978 May 11, 1979
5 Clarke-lg.jpg Floyd I. Clarke May 11, 1979 July 19, 1993
6 David G. Binney February 1994 December 1994
Larry A. Potts February 1995 May 2, 1995
7 Larry A. Potts May 2, 1995 July 14, 1995
8 Weldon L. Kennedy August 8, 1995 February 1997
9 William J. Esposito February 1997 September 30, 1997[6]
10 Pickard-lg.jpg Thomas J. Pickard November 1, 1999 November 30, 2001[7]
11 Bruce J. Gebhardt 2002 2004
12 Pistole john.jpg John S. Pistole October 1, 2004 May 17, 2010
13 Timothy P Murphy.jpg Timothy P. Murphy July 8, 2010 August 31, 2011
14 Sean M. Joyce.jpg Sean M. Joyce September 1, 2011 November 30, 2013
15 Mark F Giuliano.jpg Mark F. Giuliano December 1, 2013 February 1, 2016
16 Andrew McCabe official portrait.jpg Andrew McCabe February 1, 2016 January 29, 2018
17 Bowdich at Hacking Scheme Press Conference (cropped).jpg David Bowdich January 30, 2018 Incumbent

Associate Deputy Directors[edit]

Fictional Deputy Directors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew G. McCabe Named Deputy Director of the FBI" (Press release). Federal Bureau of Investigation. January 29, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ New York Times, May 9, 2017, F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
  3. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (January 29, 2018). "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, frequent target of Trump's ire, steps down: NBC News". Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  4. ^ Farber, Madeline (January 31, 2018). "Meet David Bowdich, the FBI's new acting deputy director". Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  5. ^ "David Bowdich Named Deputy Director of the FBI". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved April 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ Johnston, David (September 11, 1997). "No. 2 Man at F.B.I., Important Manager, Retires This Month". Retrieved January 29, 2018 – via NYTimes.com. 
  7. ^ "FBI Deputy Director Thomas J. Pickard Announces his Retirement" (Press release). FBI. Archived from the original on May 22, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.