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One-time TSA nominee resigns from police post at L.A. World Airports

March 1, 2010 | 10:36 pm

Erroll Southers, who in January withdrew his nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration after encountering Republican opposition, is resigning as assistant police chief of Los Angeles World Airports.

In a letter released Monday, Southers said his last day will be March 27.

Los Angeles World Airports oversees Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports. The police force has about 1,200 officers.

Nancy Castles, a LAWA spokeswoman, said Southers was not asked to leave. In his resignation letter, he said, "I feel that now it is time for me to engage in some new challenges and opportunities that have come my way."

President Obama’s nomination of Southers to head the agency that helps protect passengers from terrorist attack came under fire from Republicans over worries he would support TSA workers unionizing and because of a reprimand he received as an FBI agent when he improperly accessed a criminal records database to check on his former wife’s boyfriend.

-- Jeff Gottlieb