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Airport security chief Starks takes Chicago post

Fri., Sept. 29, 2006

Spokane Airport Federal Security Director Dereck Starks has been named the new director of security at Midway International Airport in Chicago, the Transportation Security Administration announced.

Starks came to Spokane to take over the job in January 2005. His new post starts in November, the TSA said.

Before moving to Spokane, Starks had been deputy federal security director for screening at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. His prior work included a stint as a sergeant with the Chicago Police Department.

“This is bittersweet for me,” Starks said in an interview. “It’s hard to leave the team of very good people we have here. But it’s sweet, because I am from Chicago.”

The Midway airport TSA security contingent numbers in the 500s. The Spokane TSA headcount is about 130, according to Starks.

Spokane’s airport, however, already has installed explosive detection equipment; Midway, which handles all of Chicago’s Southwest Airline flights, is in the process of installing similar equipment, Starks said.

The TSA has not announced who will fill Starks’ Spokane post. The Spokane federal security director is also responsible for TSA security at the airports in Lewiston, Moses Lake, East Wenatchee, Tri-Cities, Pendleton and Yakima.


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