The following e-mail (forwarded to Security Debrief by a trustworthy source) was sent this morning to a select group of recipients who have a relationship with the Department of Homeland Security and the soon-to-be former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
“Good morning. I write to you today to let you know that I am being recommended to the University of California Board of Regents to be the next president of the University of California. If this recommendation is approved by the full Board, I will accept the privilege of leading one of the finest university systems in the country.
The past four-plus years serving as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security have been the highlight of my professional career. Every day I am inspired by the hard work and dedication of the men and women of DHS who serve on the frontlines of the nation to protect our communities from harm and ensure the safety of all Americans. With your support, we have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. We have improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cyber security.
I am deeply grateful to President Obama for entrusting me with the responsibility of securing our nation and I continue to be motivated by his vision for the future and passion for service.
I will continue to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security through early September. Appropriate transition planning is underway.
Together, we have done much to make our country safer. I am grateful for your support and partnership as we continue to mature this young department.
With best regards,