A retired Coast Guard admiral, a current New York City police commissioner and a former California congresswoman are among the early names being floated in Washington as possible picks to replace outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

On Friday, Napolitano, a long-time Obama confidant and one of his first-term cabinet members, made the surprise announcement that she would be resigning from her government job later this year and seeking a post as president of the University of California.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the Obama administration to pick a person who is going to build a bridge between the two parties,” one source close to the matter told FoxNews.com.

The source believes former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen could be the perfect pick for the job.

“He’s respected by both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill and that’s a big thing he’s got going for him,” the source said, adding, “The only question is whether he wants to give up his big paycheck and go back into public service.”


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