WASHINGTON — President Reagan accepted "with regret" Tuesday the resignation of John N. McMahon, deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
McMahon cited "personal reasons" for his departure. The 56-year-old McMahon, a long-time CIA employee, had served in the No. 2 position under agency Director William J. Casey since June, 1982.
A White House statement said that McMahon's successor would be Robert M. Gates, 42, a career employee who joined the CIA in 1966 as an intelligence analyst.
There was no indication that the resignation signaled a widespread shake-up in the CIA's highest ranks, although McMahon had clashed with Capitol Hill conservatives who considered him less than zealous in his support of aid to guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan and Nicaragua.