Jonathan Cofer, director of the Department of Defense's Pentagon Force Protection Agency, has vacated his post in a retirement ceremony Monday.
Daniel Walsh, deputy director at PFPA, will assume the role of acting director until a permanent appointment takes place, the department said Tuesday.
Cofer started his career as a member of the U.S. Army and has served at the service branch for over 30 years. Prior to DoD, he led the Defense Information Systems Agency's Advanced Concepts and Technology Demonstration Division and served as chief of staff of the Defense Security Service.
He also assisted in the creation of the Pentagon Operations Center.
"He had a vision of what PFPA needed to be and the dedication to fight for the resourcing necessary to achieve that vision,” said Lisa Hershman, deputy chief management officer at DoD.