US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced Joseph Clancy’s name to lead the Secret Service, elevating his position of the agency’s interim chief to its permanent director.
The development comes at a time when the organization is continuing to grapple due to the fallout from a number of high-profile incidences of security breaches.
According to the officials, Obama called Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday in order to inform him about the major development before finally calling Clancy.
“Joe has done an outstanding job leading the Secret Service since he returned at my request in October of last year. He understands the challenges facing the agency and has proven that he’s not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to build and maintain the Agency’s ability to carry out its mission,” President Obama said in a statement.
The panel of outside experts, which was constituted to recommend the probables for the agency’ top post, suggested the US government to consider beyond the ranks of Secret Service for its new leadership. But the President opted to go for a trusted insider in Clancy.
If sources are to be believed, Clancy’s name for the organization’s top job have been making rounds as early as 2013.
Since October 2014, Clancy has been serving the post of interim director. He stepped-in after then-director Julia Pierson tendered her resignation alleging being under pressure. The 27-year Secret Service veteran worked as chief of security at Comcast Corp following his retirement in 2011 from the Secret Service.
Secret Service is responsible for providing protection to the first family during the first two years of the tenure of the president.