A top official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday that she would be leaving the department at the end of this month, according to a report.
Karen Olick, chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, “has decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities,” Mayorkas told DHS officials in an email obtained by Politico.
“We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration,” he added.
In a separate email, Olick praised her soon-to-be-former colleagues, writing: “Though too often underappreciated by our fellow citizens, I am continually struck by how many millions of Americans sleep in safety every night because so many at DHS do not sleep.”
Olick’s role will be filled on a temporary basis by Jennifer Higgins, associate director of refugee, asylum and international operations at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), until a new replacement can