Woman to head Secret Service

Mar 26 2013 - 2:38pm

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This undated handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows Secret Service agent Julia Pierson. President Barack Obama will appoint the veteran Secret Service agent as the agency’s first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal. (AP Photo/US Secret Service)
This undated handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows Secret Service agent Julia Pierson. President Barack Obama will appoint the veteran Secret Service agent as the agency’s first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal. (AP Photo/US Secret Service)

 

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director.

Pierson, a 30-year veteran of the agency, currently is its chief of staff.

Obama announced Pierson's nomination Tuesday in a statement. He said she has had an exemplary career and is "eminently qualified" to lead the agency, which recently has been marred by scandal.

Pierson does not need to be confirmed by the Senate.

 

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