Michael J. Morell Sworn In as CIA Deputy Director
May 6, 2010
In a private ceremony held at CIA Headquarters this morning, Director Leon E. Panetta administered the oath of office to Michael J. Morell, who was installed as the Agency's 22nd Deputy Director. Surrounded by family and colleagues, Morell assumed his new duties after a 30-year career with the CIA, most recently as Director for Intelligence, a position he held since 2008. He served as Associate Deputy Director from 2006-2008.
"It was an honor for me to have the privilege of asking Michael to take on this challenge and to swear him in," said Panetta. "It was an easy choice in view of his experience, dedication, and understanding of the CIA. He's spent his life here. All of us are confident he'll do a great job."
Morell said he was "deeply humbled to follow in the footsteps of great Americans such as Bob Gates, John McLaughlin, and Steve Kappes," and proud to "walk side-by-side with one of our country's great public servants, Leon Panetta."
Morell cited as a source of inspiration the Agency's Memorial Wall, which honors CIA employees who have fallen in the line of duty. "Everything we do," he said, "has to be worthy of their sacrifice."
Morell, a native of Akron, Ohio, joined the CIA in 1980.
Fran Moore, a 27-year Agency veteran, succeeds Morell as Director for Intelligence.