DHS chief to step down

July 12, 2013
epa03785547 (FILE) A file photo dated 15 May 2013 shows Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano looking on during the 32st Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the West Front Lawn of the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, USA. Napolitano, who has served as Homeland Security Secretary since US President Barack Obama took office in 2009, said 12 July she is resigning. She is to be named president of the University of California school system. EPA/OLIVIER DOULIERY *** Local Caption *** 50830403
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano shown in May 2013. (Olivier Douliery/EPA)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down from the Obama administration to run the University of California, the country’s largest public university system.

The Post has a an article on Napolitano’s departure.

Napolitano released the following statement Friday morning:

“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the front lines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career. We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity. After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders. I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects.”

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