TSA names new federal security director for Midway International Airport

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Local Press Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

CHICAGO Today the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) named Dereck Starks the new Federal Security Director (FSD) at Midway International Airport. As FSD, Starks will oversee all TSA security operations at Midway.

"Dereck will be a tremendous asset at his new post,” said Michael J. Restovich, TSA Assistant Administrator for Security Operations.  “Dereck’s background and experience make him an ideal person for this position.”

Starks has served as the Federal Security Director at Spokane (Wash.) International Airport since January of 2005.  Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening at Chicago O’Hare International Airport since May of 2004.  In that position, Starks managed a staff of approximately 1,600 managers, supervisors, and transportation security officers.

Before joining TSA, he was a Sergeant in the Chicago Police Department, responsible for squads within the Intelligence Section, IAD-Confidential Investigations Section, and 4th District Tactical Unit.

Starks received his Masters in Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree from Chicago State University.

Starks will begin his new position in November.

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