President Obama has chosen veteran agent Julia Pierson to head the Secret Service. Pierson will become the first woman to hold that position and she takes the reins as the agency recovers from scandal.
“Pierson, 53, began her career in the Secret Service as an agent in Miami three decades ago. She serves as the service’s chief of staff.
“She does not need Senate confirmation for the post, which White House officials said would be announced Tuesday afternoon.
“Obama selected Pierson, in part, to bring a culture change to an agency whose masculine culture was exposed during an overseas trip last year.”
As we’ve reported, three agents left the service after they were accused of “cavorting with prostitutes during a trip to Cartagena as part of the ‘advance’ team working on President Obama’s trip to Colombia.”
Politico says that in a statement the current head of the agency, Mark Sullivan, praised his successor saying she’s shown “sound judgment, leadership, character, and commitment to our country, the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service and those we serve and protect.”