TSA names Jack Kelley as acting federal security director at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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National Press Release
Tuesday, May 11, 2004

WASHINGTON - John C. "Jack" Kelley, Jr., the former Deputy Federal Security Director at San Diego International Airport, has been named Acting Federal Security Director (FSD) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Tuesday.

Rear Admiral Ralph D. Utley, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), was named Acting Deputy Federal Security Director for Sea-Tac.

"Jack Kelley and Ralph Utley are the embodiment of TSA's commitment to provide strong, top-notch leadership for our screeners at Sea-Tac and across the country,"said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator of the TSA.

During his two years at San Diego, Kelley spent time as acting FSD and most recently, he filled the top spot in Lihue, Hawaii. He is a 32-year veteran of federal and local law enforcement, including being Principal Officer in the U.S. Customs Service Attache program, responsible for 23 countries in Central Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet Republics.

Just before accepting the Sea-Tac post, Utley retired from three decades of service in the U.S. Coast Guard where his last assignment was Chief Procurement Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

TSA's Federal Security Director for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Ken Kasprisin took charge at Sea-Tac as interim FSD to ensure the seamless continuation of operations and security. Mr. Kasprisin will continue in service at Sea-Tac to assist Kelley and Utley in the transition.

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