Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Robert Grant, Head of FBI in Chicago, Retires to Join Disney
Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today his retirement from government service, effective September 3, 2012, culminating a 29-year career with the FBI.
Mr. Grant has served as the head of the Chicago Office, the FBI’s oldest field office, since January of 2005. He is the longest serving special agent in charge in the history of the Chicago Office, which was first established in 1908. In this role, Mr. Grant has overseen many significant investigations, including the arrest of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges, the racketeering indictment and conviction of numerous high-ranking members of the Chicago Mafia as part of the “Family Secrets” case, and the arrest of two Chicago men on charges related to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India.
Mr. Grant entered on duty with the FBI in 1983 and has served in the Memphis, New York, and San Antonio Field Offices, along with several different assignments at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., including Chief Inspector.
In announcing his retirement, Mr. Grant noted the many positive changes and transformation of the FBI during his career. Said Mr. Grant, “I have witnessed the FBI do some amazing things. It has grown and stretched in ways I never thought possible. What I have come to realize is there is almost nothing the FBI cannot do when it sets a proper course and supports its tremendous people. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am not impressed and amazed at the work of the men and women of this organization, who I will miss greatly.”
Mr. Grant has received numerous awards and commendations during his career and was a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Rank Service Award. Under his direction, the Chicago Office has been recognized by numerous civic and community organizations for outstanding investigative accomplishments and service to the community. Mr. Grant has accepted a position with the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles, where he will be part of their Global Security Team.