Michael Chertoff, whose Homeland Security Department faces thinned leadership ranks, has recruited for top jobs several colleagues from his former Justice Department days, reports the Washington Post. Some key positions remain unfilled as Chertoff mulls reorganizing the department or collapsing various bureaucracies into one another.
Sources told the Post that based on Chertoff’s earlier performance as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, he demands a more crisply functioning operation. Ridge sometimes delayed making decisions out of a desire to avoid confronting dissension on his team. Chertoff named as his chief of staff John F. Wood, who was as counselor to ex-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, overseeing the civil, civil rights, antitrust, environment, and tax divisions. He formerly helped craft major legislative and regulatory policies as deputy general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.