A former FBI special agent has been appointed Los Angeles Airport Police assistant chief for Homeland Security and Intelligence.

Ethel L. McGuire will oversee Airport Police divisions responsible for ensuring compliance with Transportation Security Administration mandates, security credentialing, dignitary protection, emergency services, and homeland security/vulnerability assessment and analysis, a police spokesman said.

She also will oversee analysis of relevant threat-based intelligence, and develop counter-terrorist, threat-management recommendations and appropriate counter-measures.

“Assistant Chief McGuire brings comprehensive homeland security and public safety credentials to this critical position at Los Angeles World Airports,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “I have always prioritized the safety of the airport and travelers, and I am proud to welcome her to the team of local and federal agencies that together continue to make LAX safer.”

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, “Assistant Chief McGuire comes to us with qualifications, skills and experience that directly match LAWA’s needs.

“She brings with her a demonstrated record of leadership and has served with distinction some of our country’s most demanding security institutions. We count ourselves fortunate to have found such a candidate.”

McGuire, who recently retired from the FBI, served as assistant special-agent-in-charge and executive manager of the Counterterrorism Branch of the FBI field office in Los Angeles. In that role, she managed the Los Angeles Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, directing more than 200 agents representing 39 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the oversight of all area seaports and airports, including LAX, and all threats to U.S. persons or interests in the Pacific Rim.

Most recently she was section chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she helped develop a crisis coordination and administration unit that manages all major case/crisis response plans for the entire FBI and headquarters divisions.

Other duties included managing crisis response, preparedness and staffing for all major events during her tenure, including the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China; the Republican and Democratic conventions; and events of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

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