President Barack Obama might soon nominate the chief of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to lead the Justice Department agency, The Washington Post reported.
Special Agent in Charge Andrew Traver would be the bureau’s first Senate-confirmed director, if approved. Temporary appointees have held the post since a 2006 law gave the Senate the ability to confirm the director.
Two Illinois members of Congress have written letters in support of Traver, a 20-year veteran of the ATF, according to Ticklethewire.com.
Former Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan was the last nominee for the post. But Senate Republicans held up the George W. Bush nominee over concerns about the ATF’s handling of small gun owners. Sullivan served as acting director from 2006 to 2009.
ATF Deputy Director Kenneth Melson has led the agency since 2009. He initially served as acting director, but his title was changed because the law limits how long acting heads can run federal agencies.