Ronald L. Iden, a 25-year FBI agent, is California’s new director of homeland security, reports the Los Angeles Times. Iden, who most recently was FBI agent in charge in Los Angeles, succeeds George Vinson, who retired. Iden assumed control of the FBI’s third-largest field office two weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. With more than 1,100 employees, the Los Angeles FBI division is much larger than the agency Iden will head.
Iden, 56, is respected in federal and state criminal justice circles. “He brings a lot of credibility with him,” one state official said.