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Secret Service agent Julia Pierson was named the head of the agency by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
This makes Pierson, 53, the first woman to hold the position. She has been with the service for over three decades and currently serves as its chief of staff.
The Associated Press noted that Obama mentioned her career in his statement announcing her new post.
Pierson’s new position comes at a time when the agency has been marred by scandal. In April, some agents brought prostitutes into their hotel rooms in Colombia while preparing of the President’s arrival in that country.
The Senate’s confirmation is not necessary for Obama’s selection.
“I have known and worked with Julie for close to thirty years. She was an excellent Assistant Director and Chief of Staff, demonstrating 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. This is a historic and exciting time for the Secret Service and I know Julie will do an outstanding job,” said Mark Sullivan, who was the agency’s director for seven years.
The Washington Post reported that Sullivan announced his retirement in February.