John Sandweg, a former defense attorney who became the acting head of ICE in August despite scant law enforcement experience, plans to resign Friday, Fox News reports.
Sandweg notified agency employees in a letter that he’s joining the private sector. He offered no explanation for his departure.
“Over the past several months I had the opportunity to work alongside many of you,” he wrote. “I was always amazed by your dedication and commitment to the agency and our nation. Despite the challenges we face, you continue to push on, achieving remarkable security and public safety gains for our country.”
Questions were raised at the time of his appointment because he lacked law enforcement experience to run the second-largest law enforcement agency.
Newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also told employees via email about Sandweg’s departure.
“On a personal note I would like to thank John for his work as I learned about the department during my confirmation process,” Sandweg wrote.