New Orleans Top DEA Agent Retires Amid Review of Outside Business Activity
By Elizabeth Murphy | January 11, 2013 4:53 pm

The head of the New Orleans Drug Enforcement Administration office retired this week amid conflict of interest allegations related to his outside security company, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Jimmy Fox (Credit: DEA)

Jimmy Fox III reportedly circulated an email saying he was leaving the DEA today “for a private sector job,” according to the report.

The Justice Department confirmed last week it had begun a review of the longtime DEA chief’s outside business activity after his company, Fox Security Services, partnered with a larger firm and made a $9 million bid to serve as the court-appointed monitor required by a July settlement reached by the department’s Civil Rights Division and the New Orleans Police Department.

Fox launched his business last summer, registering it at his home address. It is unclear whether it has done any other business aside from the monitor contract bid, the Times-Picayune reported.

Fox, 53, has served in his DEA position since 2009, overseeing operations in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.  A longtime federal agent, Fox has been with the Justice Department in some capacity since 1987.

Justice Department rules bar employees from seeking outside employment involving “litigation, investigations, grants or other matters in which the Department of Justice is or represents a party, witness, litigant, investigator or grant-maker,” the Times-Picayune noted.

In the bid, which was submitted jointly by Fox’s company and KeyPoint Government Solutions, the DEA chief said he would leave the government agency if his bid prevailed for the monitor contract. However, a representative from KeyPoint said Fox has indicated he may drop out of the bid, the Times-Picayune reported. A DEA spokesman in New Orleans confirmed Fox’s retirement plans.

The New Orleans police department consent decree requires a court-appointed monitor, which will supervise reforms to the department. The settlement is expected to cost the city $55 million over the next five years, with leadership setting aside about $10 million for the monitor, the Times-Picayune reported. The settlement aims to remedy a number of longstanding ethical issues within the New Orleans police force, including incorrect use of force, arrests, item seizures and more.

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