Who Is Suzanne Barr and How Did We Get This Far Into A Scandal With A Homeland Security Leader? http://bit.ly/PAy2nr The ICE home page has her listed as follows:Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr Suzanne Barr serves as chief of staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As chief of staff, she helps direct operations, activities, and policies for the second largest law enforcement agency in the federal government. ICE consists of 20,000 employees in 670 domestic and international offices; and has a budget of more than $5.7 billion. In addition to coordinating policy guidance and critical activities with both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Barr represents the agency with officials at all levels of government – local, state, and federal – as well as foreign counterparts. Ms. Barr came to ICE in January 2009. Before becoming chief of staff, she served in then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s office, working as deputy director and director of legislative affairs. As director of legislative affairs, Ms. Barr was responsible for the governor’s legislative agenda and oversaw the legislative proposals of all state agencies. She also served as the governor’s policy advisor on law enforcement issues, overseeing all state law enforcement agencies. Ms. Barr is a graduate of the University of Arizona. She received her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. Which won’t be up for very long as she just quit. Phoenix New Times blog has this to offer on the pending scandal: One of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s appointees is taking a little break from her job after word got out about a lawsuit accusing her of sexual harassment. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Suzanne Barr — an Arizona native — is accused by the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE of creating “a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” ICE says Barr is voluntarily on leave, as it just so happens that more employees have made accusations against her since James Hayes Jr.’s lawsuit surfaced. Barr was an aide for Napolitano when she was governor of Arizona, and Barr was appointed to the ICE post by Napolitano in early 2009. Barr graduated from the University of Arizona, and got her law degree from Arizona State University. Her father is the late Burton Barr, who was an Arizona House member for 22 years. He was the Republican majority leader for 20 years, and left the House in 1986 in an unsuccessful run for governor. His daughter, however, has some man-hating allegations to deal with. According to Hayes’ lawsuit, Barr “moved the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including name plates, computers, and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters,” just a few months after she started her new gig with ICE. Hayes says the “humiliation” of male employees included Barr “calling [a] male employee in his hotel room and screaming at him that she wanted “his cock in the back of [her] throat.” Another instance allegedly included Barr taking a male employee’s Blackberry, and sending a message to his female supervisor to declare that he had a crush on his supervisor and fantasized about her. The drama continued at ICE for some time, as Hayes claims he was investigated by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility — “at least” six times. “Each of the investigations [was] concluded with a finding that they were without merit,” according to the lawsuit. The other woman accused in the lawsuit, Dora Schriro — also a Napolitano appointee — is the former Arizona Department of Corrections chief. Napolitano also told the Arizona Republic earlier this week that she’s not really sure when her time’s up in Washington. And more from the blogs: About three weeks ago we discussed the actions of Suzanna “ Back Throat ” Barr who was accused of sexually harassing her male subordinates at the Department of Rutland…
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