After 32 years on the job as director of regional office operations at the Securities and Exchange Commission, James Clarkson is calling it a day.
Clarkson, the principal liaison between Division of Enforcement management in Washington and the SEC's 11 field offices, announced he is retiring at the end of the year after a total of 41 years with the SEC.
He first joined the agency as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division in 1969, when Hammer Budge was chairman.
“I will always treasure my years with the SEC,” Clarkson said in a written statement. “There is no finer agency in government.”
As director of regional office operations, Clark coordinated human resources, budget, management and administrative matters. He also has been one of the main SEC enforcement liaisons with state securities commissions, and has worked closely with enforcement directors and other senior enforcement staff.
“Jim Clarkson has dedicated his professional career to the SEC's mission of investor protection, and he has had an enormous impact on the agency during the past 40 years," said SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro in a written statement. "Jim leaves behind a substantial legacy of accomplishments here in Washington and at our regional offices around the country. We owe him a debt of sincere gratitude for his wise counsel and outstanding leadership."
Clarkson’s replacement has not been named.