Julia Pierson Appointed First Female Secret Service Director

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PiersonPresident Obama has appointed Julia Pierson as Director of the Secret Service, the first woman to hold that position in the organization’s history, according to a Reuters article.

Pierson will replace Mark Sullivan who announced his retirement in February.

Prior to her appointment, Pierson was the Secret Service’s chief of staff.

She joined the service in 1983 where she served with the Presidential Protective Division and became Office of Protective Operations deputy assistant director in 2005.

Obama said in a statement that Pierson is “eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures our financial system, but also protects our leaders and our first families, including my own.”

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