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Acting Deputy ATF Head Todd Jones To Be Nominated Full-Time Director

Todd Jones (at podium)

President Barack Obama will nominate Todd Jones to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on a permanent basis, Main Justice reports.

Elizabeth Murphy writes Jones has led the agency on an interim basis since 2011 and has concurrently served as U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota, a role he has held since 2009.

Jones held the same position between 1998 and 2001 during the Clinton administration, according to Main Justice.

He has also chaired a group of U.S. Attorneys that advise Attorney General Eric Holder on management and operations.

Jones told Minnesota Public Radio in an August 2011 interview the ATF has not had a permanent director in six years and that he would become its fifth acting director at the time.

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