TSA names John W. Hursey as federal security director for North Dakota

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Local Press Release
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

BISMARCK, N.D. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named John W. Hursey as federal security director (FSD) for the state of North Dakota. He will assume responsibility for commercial airports in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Dickinson, Williston, Jamestown and Devil's Lake.

Hursey was the first FSD for Northern Minnesota, leading the post 9-11 federalization of airports in Duluth, Bemidji, Brainerd, International Falls, Grand Rapids, Ely and Hibbing. He was selected as a charter member of the National FSD Advisory Council, representing FSDs throughout the nation to TSA senior leadership and the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining TSA, Hursey served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, leading law enforcement, security and force protection operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Korea and the United States. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

"John is a decorated leader," said Mo McGowan, TSA assistant administrator for security operations. "His background in law enforcement and security operations, as well as his previous experience as a federal security director, make him an excellent choice as our senior representative in North Dakota."

Hursey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McKendree College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University.

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