Gunderson joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1951 under J. Edgar Hoover. He served in the Mobile, Knoxville, New York City, and Albuquerque offices. He held posts as an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge in New Haven and Philadelphia. In 1973 he became the head of the Memphis FBI office and then the head of the Dallas FBI office in 1975. Ted Gunderson was appointed the head of the Los Angeles FBI in 1977. In 1979 he was one of a handful interviewed for the job of FBI director, which ultimately went to William H. Webster.
Never an overall “FBI chief”, although he was interviewed for the position. Moreover, the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics has a section on Gunderson which includes this gem:
Gunderson (once recruited by Hoover into the FBI) has been promoting Satanic Ritual Abuse, Illuminati, Oklahoma pineapple bomb, no-plane theories on 9/11, and CIA drug import theories, and even associated himself with Area 51-Alien-DNA-Reptilian theories. In a 2005 speech, Gunderson stated he “found out about the Illuminati” through the SRA phenomenon, that “the children in this country are disappearing at a rate of 83 per hour”, that there are approximately 4 million satanists within the United States, that he is under constant attempts on his life and that the FBI and such are trying to set him up. Apparently Gunderson supports and helped Senator John Decamp.
There’s lots more where that came from.
I’m skeptical of the ISGP as a source, but it’s very well documented, where I can get to the documents to check them out. While discussing Rodney Stich (on the same page), he mentions:
This puzzled me, considering some of the great exposes he’s written on CIA drug trafficking. But then I remembered that Rodney Stich’s name appeared on a 1996 membership list of the AFIO [Association of Former Intelligence Officers], instantly outing him as a government agent because this club only contains insiders to the security services. In fact, it was set by the Helms-Shackley-Bush-Carlucci clique, all of whom have held leadership positions in the AFIO. Subsequently I run into the fact that Stich has been using the ridiculously obvious disinformation artist Ted Gunderson as an important source for some of his CIA drug stories: [my bold]
These, and other mentions, show that ISGP, at least, considers Ted Gunderson to be a “false flagger”, mixing real facts about CIA (and many others’) skullduggery with all sorts of outlandish nonsense for the purpose of discrediting the whole thing.
Given the “Intelligence Community’s” incentives to mix truth with all sorts of outlandish fantasies to the point that nobody can figure out which is which, then dismiss the whole thing as “conspiracy theories”, using Ted Gunderson as a source may do your thesis more damage than good.