Janet Napolitano Resigns From DHS


homeland-securityDepartment of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano resigned as the agency’s director today. The former Arizona governor is leaving Washington to preside over the University of California system, a post usually held by academics.

President Obama wished her luck in her new endeavor and praised her performance as chief in a statement. “The American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks,” it said.

Napolitano has served as the DHS chief since 2009-the only woman in the position. While calling her work there “the highlight of my professional career,” she has to be more than a little psyched to finally be in charge at UC. Republicans have long criticized her for failing to secure the border, and the immigration-reform proposal she supported-which included a pathway to citizenship-was recently thwarted by a Republican-led House. 

Today, the OU expressed its appreciation to Napolitano as she announced her resignation.

“As head of the Homeland Security Department since 2009, Secretary Napolitano has shown great leadership in building procedures to protect our nation overall and improve our disaster response capabilities. She was particularly sensitive to the needs of the American Jewish community and our concerns for the safety and security of Jewish institutions. Secretary Napolitano was instrumental in developing the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which delivers federal financial aid to nonprofits to upgrade the physical security of their facilities. Since NSGP was implemented, more than $100 million in security grants has been allocated to nonprofit organizations, the majority of which are Jewish community institutions,” said Nathan Diament, OU executive director for public policy. “We wish Secretary Napolitano much success in her future role as president of the University of California system.”

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}