ATF Director B. Todd Jones Stepping Down After Nearly 4 Years on Job

Dir. B. Todd Jones was brought in to repair ATF, marred by gun-running scandal.

Once confirmed, though, Jones left the U.S. attorney’s office, devoting his full attention to what ATF’s website says is “the unique law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice with the responsibility for enforcing firearms and explosives laws that protect communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations.”

Some within the agency and on Capitol Hill say privately that, besides improving morale, Jones has done a reasonably good job of reforming some of ATF’s management practices that led to problems like “Fast and Furious.”

“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” Jones said in a statement confirming his departure. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”

Last month, controversy simmered across the country again when the ATF proposed banning certain .223-caliber bullets, which the ATF warned can break through a supposedly bullet-proof vest. Nevertheless, the public outcry and pressure from lawmakers prompted ATF to abandon its plans.

Before becoming U.S. Attorney in Minnesota at the start of the Obama administration, Jones was a partner with a major national law firm in Minneapolis, according to his official biography on ATF’s website.

ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon will serve as acting director after Jones steps down, the ATF said. Brandon -- a 26-year veteran of the ATF -- was appointed deputy director in October 2011.