Reuters / Larry Downing
The US Secret Service told four top officials they must leave their positions, as the agency tries to recover from a string of embarrassing security failures. The shuffle comes after a critical report said the agency is “starved for leadership.”
The four senior management officials were reportedly told they could resign, retire, or report for a new assignment with the Secret Service or the Department of Homeland Security, the Washington Post reported, citing “people familiar with internal discussions.”
A fifth individual has also decided to resign, the newspaper stated.
The news comes on the heels of a critical report in December that found the agency stretched beyond its limits and is too insular. In October, Julia Pierson resigned as Secret Service director after a number of security lapses.
The most threatening of these incidents occurred when a knife-wielding man managed to scale the White House fence and run through much of the mansion’s main floor before being subdued. There were also a series of revelations about the agency’s bungled response to a 2011 shooting attack at the White House, and exploits with Colombian prostitutes during an international summit in 2012.
“Change is necessary to gain a fresh perspective on how we conduct business,” Joseph P. Clancy, acting director of the Secret Service, said in a statement to the Washington Post. “I am certain any of our senior executives will be productive and valued assets either in other positions at the Secret Service or the department.”
The departures gut much of the Secret Service’s upper management in the areas of protection, investigations, technology, and public affairs. The assistant director in charge of training, who also headed President Barack Obama’s protective detail, announced in recent weeks that he would retire.
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