Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11 a.m.
A former Orange County police officer who became an acclaimed, high-ranking officer in the U.S. Department of State is one of three senior government officials to resign today in the wake of an unflattering report about management and security errors leading to the Sept. 11 Benghazi, Libya attacks that murdered the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Charlene R. Lamb--a California Polytechnic University at Pomona graduate--began her law enforcement career as a police officer in the city of Orange, eventually joined the state department's Diplomatic Security Division and most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary at the federal agency.
Lamb was responsible for embassy security that has been labeled as "grossly inadequate" and "a massive failure" by members of congress.
Lamb's state department biography celebrated her career as "rising quickly" and noted that she repeatedly volunteered for high-risk, overseas assignments in places like Lebanon, Jordan and Tel Aviv.
During her career, she won numerous awards for outstanding public service and is given credit for the capture of an FBI-wanted terrorist in Tanzania, according to the state department.
Terrorists stormed the poorly protected U.S. government property in Benghazi on Sept. 11 and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.