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Interim Head of DEA Is Stepping Down, Citing Increasing Challenges

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Having interim heads of major federal law enforcement agencies for too long often sends a message that the agency isn’t as important as some other agencies like the FBI.

Now comes Robert W. Patterson, acting head of  the DEA, who told staff Monday in an email that he is retiring in about two weeks, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become “increasingly challenging,” Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post reports.

Patterson said he “realized that the administrator of the DEA needs to decide and address priorities for years into the future — something which has become increasingly challenging in an acting capacity.”

A replacement has not been named.

DOJ Names Robert Patterson Acting Director of DEA

Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice has named Robert W. Patterson the new acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He replaces acting Director Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016, serving as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative and regulatory activities worldwide, a press release said. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector, beginning in November 2015.

Before that, Patterson served in a variety positions in the DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools in support of field operations.