||It has been suggested that List of Directors of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation by time in office be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since February 2011.|
|Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
|Inaugural holder||Stanley Finch (BOI)
J. Edgar Hoover (FBI)
|Formation||1908 (as Chief of the BOI)|
|Deputy||Sean M. Joyce, Deputy Director|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and responsible for the day-to-day operations. Along with the Deputy Director, the director ensures cases and operations are handled correctly. The director also is in charge of staffing the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents. The director would brief the President on any issues that arise from within the FBI until the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was enacted in response to the September 11 attacks. Since then, the director reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn reports to the President.
Directors are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. In theory, they serve ten-year terms unless they resign, die, or are let go before their term is up; in reality, none have served a full ten years, except J. Edgar Hoover and Robert Mueller, each of whom served longer than ten years. J. Edgar Hoover, appointed by Calvin Coolidge to the predecessor office of Director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924, was by far the longest-serving director; he held the position from its establishment under the current title in 1935 until his death in 1972 because there was then no law limiting service time. The current FBI director is Robert Mueller, who was appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush and, at the request of Barack Obama, was authorized by the Senate on July 27, 2011, to serve for a total of 12 years (two years beyond the regular limit). All others have left before reaching the limit, due to resignation, retirement, promotion, or other reasons.
When the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) was established in 1908, its head was called the Chief of the Bureau of Investigation. It was changed to the Director of the Bureau of Investigation since the term of William J. Flynn (1919–1921), and to its current name when the BOI was renamed FBI in 1935.
Bureau of Investigation (BOI) Chiefs and Directors (1908–1935) 
|1||Stanley Finch||July 26, 1908 – April 30, 1912||3 years, 9 months||Chief of the BOI|
|2||A. Bruce Bielaski||April 30, 1912 – February 10, 1919||6 years, 10 months|
|—||William E. Allen||February 10, 1919 – June 30, 1919||4 months||Acting Chief of the BOI|
|3||William J. Flynn||July 1, 1919 – August 21, 1921||2 years, 2 months||Director of the BOI|
|4||William J. Burns||August 22, 1921 – May 10, 1924||2 years, 9 months|
|5||J. Edgar Hoover||May 10, 1924 – June 30, 1935||11 years, 1 month||Director of the BOI|
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Directors (1935–present) 
|1||J. Edgar Hoover||July 1, 1935 – May 2, 1972||48 years, including BOI service||Director of the FBI and Died at his Washington, D.C. home on May 2, 1972, from a heart attack.|
|—||L. Patrick Gray||May 3, 1972 – April 27, 1973||11 months||Acting Director of the FBI|
|—||William Ruckelshaus||April 30, 1973 – July 9, 1973||3 months||Acting Director of the FBI|
|2||Clarence M. Kelley||July 9, 1973 – February 15, 1978||4 years, 6 months|
|—||James B. Adams||February 15, 1978 – February 23, 1978||8 days||Acting Director of the FBI|
|3||William H. Webster||February 23, 1978 – May 25, 1987||9 years, 3 months|
|—||John E. Otto||May 26, 1987 – November 2, 1987||7 months||Acting Director of the FBI|
|4||William S. Sessions||November 2, 1987 – July 19, 1993||6 years, 8 months|
|—||Floyd I. Clarke||July 19, 1993 – September 1, 1993||2 months||Acting Director of the FBI|
|5||Louis Freeh||September 1, 1993 – June 25, 2001||7 years, 9 months|
|—||Thomas J. Pickard||June 25, 2001 – September 4, 2001||3 months||Acting Director of the FBI|
|6||Robert Mueller||September 4, 2001 – Present||11 years, 8 months, and 17 days|
- FBI Intelligence Reform Since September 11, 2001: Issues and Options for Congress
- "Senate Extends Term of F.B.I. Director". New York Times. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "FBI—Directors, Then and Now". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.