President Obama will soon decide on a successor for Robert Mueller, the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover, the USA Today reports.
Replacing Mueller, who is set to leave in 2013 after Congress extended his 10-year term at Obama’s request, won’t be easy for an agency that investigates crime globally, federal law enforcement analysts told the USA Today.
The FBI Agents Association said new leadership must understand the agency’s many focuses, “from Bloods street gangs to mortgage fraud to Russian sleeper cells.”
Don Borelli, a former assistant agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York division, said the next director needs to be well-rounded and able to steer a big ship.
“The biggest challenges facing the next director are organizational,” he told the USA Today. “It’s how you direct a large organization, provide it the resources it needs to function. Obviously, you need someone who knows the nuances of politics and could be confirmed (by Congress).”
He added: “No matter who gets the job, though, there is going to skepticism, because agents by nature are skeptical. But what you need is someone who can take over like a CEO of a big corporation.”