Kerik nominated as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Thursday, December 2, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President George W. Bush nominated Bernard B. Kerik, the police commissioner of the during the , to succeed Tom Ridge as the .
Kerik resigned as police commissioner two months following the terrorist attacks, citing the desire to spend more time with his family, but has since kept a very high profile. Following the invasion of Iraq, he chose to lead the training of Iraqi law enforcement. He campaigned for President George W. Bush in theand delivered a prime time speech at the .
Among other security qualifications, he has served in the, as narcotics detective in the NYPD and as private security worker in .
Kerik faces the daunting task of running the DHS, an agency assembled from 22 other agencies with over 180,000 employees.
- Ex-NYPD Official to Succeed Ridge (Mike Allen and John Mintz; The Washington Post; December 2, 2004)
- Former New York police commissioner to replace Ridge (Shannon McCaffrey; Knight Ridder Newspapers; December 2, 2004)