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Acting DEA chief to retire at end of month

Posted June 18, 2018 3:53 p.m. EDT

— Robert Patterson, the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, will retire at the end of the month, a spokeswoman for the federal agency, Mary Brandenberger, told CNN on Monday.

The Washington Post first reported the news that Patterson will step down.

Patterson told agency staff in an email Monday that his work as acting administrator had become "increasingly challenging," according to the Post.

Patterson wrote that "the administrator of the DEA needs to decide and address priorities for years into the future -- something which has become increasingly challenging in an acting capacity," the Post reported.