Homeland Security's Ridge says farewell

| 2/3/2005

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 nominated Michael 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.

Ridge’s department 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 War II.

The secretary’s farewell statement was posted on the Homeland Security Web site Feb. 1.