Federal security directors sworn in

Federal security directors sworn in

The first group of Transportation Security Administration federal security directors, who will oversee and enforce security at airports, was sworn in last week.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said the department looked for people 'with the highest possible level of experience, integrity, honesty and reliability.'

The directors are a new category of law enforcement officers who will oversee federal security operations at the nation's airports.
The newly appointed directors are:

  • Anthony Zotto, who will head the security efforts at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, is a long-time Secret Service agent currently on the vice president's detail.

  • Arnold Cole, who will work at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Cole has 30 years in law enforcement, in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Secret Service.

  • Mike Aguilar, who will oversee San Diego International Airport, has 30 years of military service.


  • Gail Linkins will lead the security efforts at the Mobile, Ala., regional airport after working for 20 years as a Secret Service agent.

  • William Pickle, who will work at Denver International Airport, has worked in the Secret Service and as the special agent in charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division.

  • Isaac Richardson, a retired Navy rear admiral, will work at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

  • Willie Williams, who will work at Atlanta's Hartsfield International, is an experienced law enforcement officer.

The TSA is currently using Korn/Ferry International, a recruitment firm, to fill security director positions at the nation's other 429 commercial airports. Transportation has received more than 9,500 applications for the positions.

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