Hutchinson resigns from Homeland Security Department

| 1/24/2005

A top official at the Department of Homeland Security has resigned from the agency.

Press outlets reported that the official, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of border and transportation security, sent a resignation letter to President George W. Bush after the president passed him over a second time for the top post in the Homeland Security Department.

Hutchinson has served in his current position since January 2003, according to the Homeland Security Department. The Arkansas native has served previously as a U.S. attorney, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and three terms in the U.S. House.

At Homeland Security, his duties included supervising the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection.

The Associated Press, quoting an anonymous Homeland Security official, said Hutchinson submitted his letter of resignation Monday, Jan. 24.