Obama To Nominate Acting DEA Chief Leonhart For Post
By Andrew Ramonas | January 26, 2010 11:48 am

Michele Leonhart (DOJ)

President Barack Obama will tap the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration to be the next presidentially appointed head of the agency, the White House announced.

Acting chief Michele Leonhart became a DEA agent in 1980, rising through the ranks to become deputy administrator in 2004 and the leader of the agency, which is within the Department of Justice, in November 2007. Read more about her here.

The Obama administration also interviewed FBI deputy director John Pistole, Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney Boyd M. Johnson III and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Greg A. Vega for the post.

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6 Comments

  1. Happier_Citizen says:

    The DEA shouldn’t even be around the ATF is far more effective then the DEA will ever be. Don’t promote DEA, Do everyone a Favor Disband the DEA. Integrate them into the ATF. DOJ, You have to many cooks in your kitchen(s).

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