Exclusive: D.C. Agent to Head Detroit FBI

June 25, 2012, 9:09 PM by  Allan Lengel

Robert D. Foley, a native of Massachusetts with a law degree, who has investigated everything from counterterrorism to gangs to drugs and police corruption, will become the new head of the Detroit FBI, Deadline Detroit has learned.

Foley is currently the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He joined the FBI in 1996.

Foley replaces Andrew Arena, who retired at the end of May to become head of the Detroit Crime Commission. Todd Mayberry, the agent who served as interim head of the Detroit division after Arena left, died earlier this month due to complications from liver cancer at age 41.

A formal public announcement on the appointment of Foley has yet to be made. Simon Shaykhet, a spokesman for the Detroit FBI, declined to comment Monday.  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the appointment.

Before serving in his current post at the Washington Field Office, Foley was section chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program, Human Resources Division at headquarters.

During his career, he has worked in Connecticut, Puerto Rico, Arizona and Washington. In 2003, he went to headquarters where he was promoted to supervisory special agent and as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel.

He earned a law degree from the New England School of Law and served in the U.S. Army as an aviator. He is married and has a daughter.

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