President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, has presided over the hiring of at least four senior staffers and advisers who have no law enforcement experience but align politically with the president.
Jordan Grossman was a special adviser and deputy to the deputy chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, for instance, yet his resume shows no law enforcement experience. Before Grossman got his post in January 2009, he was a “special assistant” at the Obama-Biden presidential transition team after working for Obama’s 2008 election campaign.
Before that, Grossman worked as a research assistant at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a communications think tank at the University of Pennsylvania. Grossman also interned for the left-wing Center for American Progress, and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
He lists no law enforcement experience on his resume, even though the Obama administration had hired him into a senior law enforcement role. Grossman has since left his government position for to attend Harvard Law School. *
Vladimir Skoric serves as a “special assistant” to the Homeland Security “deputy under secretary for cybersecurity.” Skoric began his career in politics in May 2007 as a “volunteer coordinator” at Obama For America. He then interned for Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and served as Obama For America’s Washington, D.C. youth director.
Skoric has also worked for The Small Business Project, Inc., as a business development analyst for a little more than two years. That organization describes itself as a company that “brings knowledge and expertise in starting small business programs to intermediaries, which in turn serve to strengthen small businesses locally,” focusing specifically on “providing forestry sector expertise.” Its mission does not have anything to do with law enforcement.
Even so, Skoric scored a senior level position in Obama’s Homeland Security Department. (RELATED: Homeland Security stalls Florida voter clean-up efforts)
Chris Stelmarski describes his Homeland Security Department work as “digital strategy.” Before landing in the upper echelons of the Obama administration’s law enforcement headquarters, he worked as a freelance photographer for Penn Ave Photography, and as a political strategist for Blue State Digital, a political campaign firm that helped Obama win the 2008 election. Before that, Stelmarski worked as a technology staffer for Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2006 campaign.
Like the others, Stelmarski lists no law enforcement experience on his resume. And like the others, the Obama administration hired him to take a senior Homeland Security job.