TSA names Dereck Starks federal security director for Spokane International Airport

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National Press Release
Monday, January 24, 2005

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Dereck Starks as the Federal Security Director (FSD) for Spokane International Airport. Mr. Starks has served as the Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening at O'Hare International Airport since May of 2004.

"Dereck's background and experience make him an ideal person for this position," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA. "He will provide strong leadership as he heads up aviation security for Spokane International Airport."

As Deputy Assistant FSD for Screening at O'Hare, Starks managed a staff of approximately 1,600 managers, supervisors, and screeners. Prior to joining TSA, where he also served as a Screening Manager, he was a sergeant in the Chicago Police Department, responsible for the Intelligence and Confidential Investigation sections.

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