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September 11, 2009
By Sarah Brown
President Barack Obama on Sept. 10 announced his intent to nominate Los Angeles airport police official Erroll G. Southers as head of the Transportation Security Administration.
Southers, the assistant chief for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department’s Office of Homeland Security and Intelligence, would assume the post of assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security and oversee the TSA.
“Filling the top job at the Transportation Security Administration is crucial because of the integral role the agency plays in determining the rules that govern general aviation and all of America’s transportation sectors,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “As America pauses to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks eight years ago, AOPA looks forward to a continuing dialog with the administrator once he takes office to ensure the security process is transparent, and to make sure TSA recognizes the nation’s pilot population as an asset in its ongoing efforts to enhance aviation security.”
Southers has served in a number of law enforcement positions, including as a special agent with FBI and with the Rio Hondo Policy Academy and the Santa Monica Police Department. He also serves as the associate director at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California, where he was previously an adjunct professor. Prior to this position he served as the deputy director of homeland security for the state of California.
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