TSA names federal security directors

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National Press Release
Thursday, February 26, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named four federal security directors (FSDs) to positions in Detroit, Chicago, Kauai, Hawaii and Billings, Mont.  

"These FSDs will be our personal representatives responsible for ensuring the safety of our skies and carrying out the TSA's mission in the war on terrorism," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, TSA's Acting Administrator. "These experienced professionals will be on the front lines and are an integral part in furthering the TSA's commitment to world-class security and world-class customer service."

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by President Bush on November 19, 2001.

Billings Airport, Montana: John S. Kinney has served as the Assistant Federal Security Director for Chicago-Midway Airport, and prior to that as a Stakeholder Manager.  Kinney has more than 15 years experience in airport operations, working in a variety of positions that include Airport Operations at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield, Colo; Airport Operations Manager at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo.; Manager of Operations at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, Calif.; Airport Director for Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and President of Kinney Airport Management Consulting Group in Denver, Colo. Kinney graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport: Michael H. Zunk has served as the Acting Federal Security Director for Chicago O'Hare since April 2003, and prior to that was a founding member of the TSA team at O'Hare, where he was Deputy Federal Security Director.  Zunk has more than 26 years experience in law enforcement, working in a wide range of areas that include narcotics, criminal intelligence, and white collar and organized crime.  Before joining TSA, he was Director of Security for the Indianapolis Colts and prior to that was the Chief of Police in Indianapolis.  Zunk received a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from Indiana University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.

Detroit International Airport: Robert E. Ball brings to the TSA a wealth of airline experience. He has worked for the last ten years with Northwest Airlines, most recently as the vice president of station operations in Minneapolis.  As part of his responsibilities, Ball managed operations and customer service in 122 domestic and international locations, led more than 2,000 Northwest employees and also managed a multi-million dollar budget.  Previously, Ball served as Northwest's Vice President of Customer Service in Detroit, as Gateway Director in Memphis, and Vice President of the Eastern Region, also in Memphis.  Prior to joining Northwest, he worked for Federal Express as Senior Manager and Operations Manager, where he gained experience in multiple location management and cargo security.

Lihue Airport, Kauai, Hawaii: John C. "Jack" Kelley has worked for the past two years as the Deputy Federal Security Director, San Diego International Airport.  Prior to joining TSA, Kelley retired after 25 years of service with the U.S. Customs Office of Investigations, where he served as the Special Agent in charge of four division offices - San Diego, Dallas, New Orleans and El Paso.  Other assignments with Customs included duty in the Washington D.C., headquarters office, and as the Customs Attache in Germany.  Kelley served eight years as a police officer in the City of San Mateo and three years with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam.  He graduated from the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, Calif., and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history.