DepSec Jackson sent the following letter today to his DHS team:Â
My Dear Colleague:
Today I submitted to President Bush a letter resigning my position as Deputy Secretary at DHS, effective October 26, 2007. I deeply regret that I am unable to stand alongside Secretary Chertoff and each of you until the last day of this Administration. The simple truth, however, is that after over five years of serving with the Presidentâ€™s team, I am compelled to depart for financial reasons that I can no longer ignore.
At DHS I found in every corner of our organization quiet heroes who routinely lift a load greater than anyone can reasonably be asked to lift. In each of you, I found a steel-edged passion for our mission, and daily I found endless inspiration in your service. The Department is in strong hands, with experienced leaders, both career and non-career. Although I will soon take leave from DHS, I do so confident in the extraordinary capabilities that our colleagues at every level within DHS bring to the vital work of homeland security.
Today I become, in Washingtonâ€™s argot, a lame duck. But I donâ€™t intend to be a dead duck quite yet. Know that I am committed during the month ahead to do everything I possibly can to continue to support you and the Department. Ask me for help as you need.
I am truly grateful to Secretary Chertoff for allowing me to be a part of his team, and for supporting me so generously in all that was on my plate. Most importantly, I am beholden, with a debt inextinguishable, to President Bush for the profound gift of being allowed to work on his behalf at DHS since February 2005, among such magnificent women and men as you.
Michael P. Jackson
U.S. Department of Homeland Security