By Allan Lengel
Thomas Brandon, who led ATF since 2015, is retiring, the website The Trace reports.  Brandon will step down on April 30.
“Deputy Director Brandon has faithfully served ATF for 30 years, starting as a Special Agent in 1989,” ATF spokesperson Bradley Engelbert said in an emailed statement to the new site. “He has earned his retirement.”
Brandon, a career agent, filled the top spot but never nominated as director. So, at some point, even though he remained the top official, he was given the title of deputy director.
No replacement has been named. Last November, Politico reported  that Chuck Canterbury, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, was being considered for the position.