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Top FAA security official leaving agency

By Patti Davis
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The head of security for the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Canavan, is leaving his job after only 10 months, an agency spokesman said Friday.

FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said, "It was a mutual decision between him (Canavan) and (FAA Administrator) Jane Garvey. He's going to pursue other opportunities outside the FAA." The decision was made Thursday.

Canavan, the associate administrator for the FAA's office of civil aviation security, is expected to leave the agency within the next month. Lynne Osmus, his deputy, will assume the job until a permanent replacement is found.

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Canavan is the second security official at the FAA to leave his post since the September 11 terrorist hijackings.

Shortly after the attacks, Lee Longmire -- who worked under Canavan as the head of civil aviation security operations -- in charge of airport operations -- was transferred from that job to the head of the FAA's aviation security, policy and planning.

Longmire also held his job for less than a year.

The head of security at Boston's Logan Airport was reassigned on Tuesday by Acting Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift. Two of the hijacked airliners took off from Logan International.



 
 
 
 



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