The FBI’s chief antiterrorism official is quitting only three months after becoming the bureau’s third-ranking employee. The New York Times notes that Larry Mefford is the third person to leave the job in 14 months. The FBI made counterterrorism its top priority after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Mefford will handle security for a Las Vegas gambling business.
The Times says his departure surprised some law enforcement officials, but he apparently had told FBI director Robert Mueller of his plans to retire. Officials attributed the decision both to a good job offer and to burnout.
“It’s a rough job,” a bureau official said. “The guy’s here from 6 in the morning till 8 at night, and there’s a point where you just say, `Enough.’ ”