Fresh off a congressional vote to extend his term as FBI director, Robert Mueller III has appointed a new chief of staff.
Aaron Zebley is getting the promotion from his current position as deputy chief of staff, according to a staff note that Mueller sent out. He started on Thursday. Zebley has served as a special counsel to Mueller, and he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia for five years. He also spent seven years in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
Mueller’s most recent chief of staff, John Carlin, is moving on to be the principal deputy in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, under newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco. Carlin is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. “John’s talents and judgment will be missed here at the bureau, but I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new position,” Mueller said in his note.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted to confirm Mueller to a new, two-year term as FBI director, allowing him to serve past the 10-year limit that’s written into federal law. His service is scheduled to run out on Sept. 4, 2013.
Two other moves involving DOJ’s National Security Division, according to a division spokesman: Anita Singh, who is on detail from DOJ’s Criminal Division to the White House’s national security staff, will be Monaco’s deputy chief of staff and counsel; and Donald Vieira, who has been the division’s chief of staff since March 2009, is leaving the department for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.