President Barack Obama has indicated his intent to nominate Los Angeles World Airports Assistant Police Chief Erroll Southers as head of the Transportation Security Administration, the agency charged with protecting the nation’s transportation system from threats.
As assistant chief, Southers currently oversees homeland security and intelligence for the police department, which is the nation’s largest airport law enforcement agency with more than 1,200 personnel.
He has also served as associate director at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at USC and previously served as a Santa Monica police officer and FBI special agent.
Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, praised the intended nomination of Southers, saying that he will bring the law enforcement experience that TSA seeks.
“We think it’s a good thing. It’s a way to bring a good deal of professionalism to the agency,” McClain said of the potential nomination of Southers.
As head of TSA, Southers would oversee an agency with approximately 50,000 employees, including airport security screeners, officers, directors and air marshals.