Loverso Named Federal Security Director for Charleston Int'l Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that Peter Loverso has been named Acting Federal Security Director (FSD) at Charleston International Airport in Charleston, S.C. In his role, Loverso will oversee all TSA security operations at the airport.

"Peter will be our representative at Charleston International, ensuring the safety of our skies and carrying out TSA's mission in the war on terrorism," said Maggie Rhodes, TSA East Coast Area Director. "He is a skilled and experienced professional with a proven track record in front-line transportation and homeland security."

Peter J. Loverso joined the Transportation Security Administration in July of 2004 as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In supporting the Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the daily oversight of transportation operational issues. After the reorganization of TSA, Loverso was appointed the Acting General Manager for Mass Transit and Passenger Rail.

He started his career in the transportation sector in 1973 for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) as a police officer and served as Chief of Patrol of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department after the merger of LIRR and Metro North police departments. In January of 2002, he accepted the position of Commanding Officer of the Amtrak police department, New York division.

Loverso is a graduate of the New York City Transit Police Academy and Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (Class 167). He received his Bachelor of Science from the New York Institute of Technology.

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by President Bush on November 19, 2001.

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