FBI Agent Robert Grant to Retire; Heading to Disney

Grant joining Walt Disney Company's security team

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    Robert Grant

    Chicago's top FBI agent is leaving public service and going to work for Walt Disney Company.

    Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI, announced his retirement Monday. His last day is Sept. 3.

    In a press release, the FBI said Grant is heading to Los Angeles and will join Disney's Global Security Team.

    "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," Grant said in a release. "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."

    His announcement comes about one month after U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald left his position, following nearly 11 years in office. Fitzgerald and Grant worked closely together in tackling public corruption in the city and state.

    Grant came to the Chicago office in 2004 and became one of the longest-serving special agents in charge in the country.

    Under Grant, the FBI headed up some of the state’s most significant investigations including Rod Blagojevich’s public corruption case.

    He joined the FBI 29 years ago and has served in the Memphis, New York and San Antonio field offices, the agency said. He also served as Chief Inspector at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.