Julia Pierson has decided to move on from her post leading the Secret Service. Pierson resigned Wednesday (Oct. 1) in wake of the agency’s recent security breach, involving a man who snuck into the White House and got dangerously close to President Obama.
“Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it” Homeland Security Head Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.
“As an interim Acting Director of the Secret Service, I am appointing Joseph Clancy, formerly Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service. Mr. Clancy retired from the Secret Service in 2011. I appreciate his willingness to leave his position in the private sector on very short notice and return to public service for a period.”
Johnson goes on to say that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Homeland Security’s General Counsel will “assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the Secret Service of the fence jumping incident at the White House on September 19.” The review will be completed and submitted to Johnson by November 1, 2014.
Pierson faced questioning at a hearing on the security breach held yesterday.