Tom Ridge has officially left his post as secretary
of homeland security.
Ridge announced in late November 2004 that he would
leave the department around the first of February. President George W. Bush has
Chertoff, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, to replace
Ridge, who was the first person to hold the position of secretary after the
department was created by Bush following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
includes the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees security
issues related to trucking.
A former Pennsylvania governor, Ridge
oversaw what many observers describe as the largest reorganization in the
federal government since the creation of the Department of Defense after World
The secretary’s farewell statement was posted on the
Homeland Security Web site Feb. 1.