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Jimmy Wooten, past president of law enforcement association, dies

McKINNEY, Texas - On May 6, Jimmy Wooten, Cherokee, succumbed to cancer at his residence in McKinney. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Kim and Christie; and three grandchildren. He was 59.

Wooten ended a distinguished federal career as the Transportation Safety Administration federal security director for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a post he held since April 2002. He was just recently extended for two more years with TSA and made the regional security director over north Texas and Oklahoma airports.

In 2001, Wooten was elected as president of the National Native American Law Enforcement Association and was a senior adviser to the executive board at the time of his passing.

Before the establishment of the TSA after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wooten had served more than 30 years with the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Just prior to his selection as federal security director, he had served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office, directing all ATF criminal enforcement and regulatory operations within Texas, Oklahoma and southern New Mexico.

Wooten's previous positions in ATF included deputy assistant director of the Office of Management, Washington; deputy chief, Planning and Analysis division in Washington; Special Agent in Charge, Miami; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Chicago; and, assistant director, Washington. Wooten received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, Oklahoma, in 1969.