WASHINGTON — Barry McCaffrey, the White House drug policy adviser for five years, is leaving his job to pursue opportunities in the private sector — including mulling two job offers from universities to teach national security issues.
In announcing the surprise move today, McCaffrey said in statement that "he was grateful for the leadership and support" of the Clinton administration. His resignation is effective Jan. 6, 2001, two weeks before President Clinton leaves office.
He said in the statement that federal funds to fight drugs have increased and that adolescent drug abuse has fallen since he was appointed to the post.
A retired general, McCaffrey has been President Clinton’s director of national drug control policy since April 1996 and previously was commander of the Army’s Southern Division.
Besides the college offers, McCaffrey will also write books, a spokeswoman said.
"He has found this job very, very rewarding," said spokeswoman Jennifer Pike.
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