The Transportation Security Administration’s longest serving chief, John Pistole, has announced he will retire from the position at the end of this year.
Pistole has only served the TSA for four years, and he began his tenure as chief in 2010. Previously, Pistole served in the FBI for 26 years and achieved the rank of chief deputy of the government entity.
“No words can convey my deep gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the thousands of men and women committed to protecting the American public,” Pistole said according to USA Today. “I could not be more proud of all that our employees have accomplished together, particularly what they have done to help enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of transportation security while improving the passenger screening experience.”
During his four years as chief, Pistole faced many public relations crises concerning the unpopularity of the TSA in the public’s eye. Much of the issues arose out of the use of X-ray body scanners at all airports, which produced near-naked images of flight passengers. Eventually, according to Politico, the TSA did decide to remove the service in order to save face.
The latest issue which has caused a public outcry against Pistole and the TSA’s efforts to allow knives and small blades to be included in passengers carry-on baggage. This plan was eventually dismissed thanks to the many concerns the public raised.
Anderson University, a private Christian college in Indiana, made an announcement Thursday stating Pistole will be brought up in the naming process for the possible position of president of the university. Previously, Pistole had said he was going to take part in the world of academia, but refused to elaborate.