Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that she is resigning to become the next president of the University of California.
In a written statement, Napolitano thanked President Obama and the employees of the Department of Homeland Security.
We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity.
In his own written statement, Obama thanked Napolitano for “her outstanding work,” saying he has valued her friendship and advice.
She’s worked around the clock to respond to natural disasters, from the Joplin tornado to Hurricane Sandy, helping Americans recover and rebuild. Since day one, Janet has led my administration’s effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values. And the American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet’s leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks.
Napolitano has led the Department since the beginning of Obama’s president in 2009. There is no word yet on who might replace her.