(WASHINGTON)—In response to the May 25 announcement that Federal Protective Service Director Gary Schenkel will leave his post for a position with the Department of Homeland Security, AFGE FPS Local 918 President David Wright today issued the following statement:
“AFGE Local 918 acknowledges the service of Director Gary Schenkel, and we wish him well in his new position at DHS.
We look forward to beginning a new chapter at FPS and we urge National Protection and Programs Directorate Under Secretary Rand Beers to make the appointment of a new director a top priority. A well-qualified law enforcement professional who can balance the equally important law enforcement and protection missions of FPS is essential.
There is much work that lies ahead and strong, positive and effective leadership is essential at this critical time for FPS. Local 918 is optimistic for the future of the Federal Protective Service and the federal law enforcement officers and support personnel of FPS who serve everyday to ensure secure facilities and safe occupants.”
The Federal Protective Service is a component of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. AFGE Local 918 represents FPS officers and personnel nationwide.