WASHINGTON – President Obama named Joseph Clancy, who has guided the Secret Service on an interim basis for the past four months, to lead the agency permanently.
In choosing Clancy, a former head of Obama’s security detail, the president rejected calls from critics who said that a string of mishaps and scandals made it clear the agency should be run by an outsider.
Had Obama chosen the other leading candidate for the job — Sean Joyce, a former deputy director of the FBI — it would have been the first time in the agency’s 150-year history that it had been run by someone who had not previously been one of its agents.
The Secret Service’s most ardent critic on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, criticized the decision. “The good men and women of the Secret Service are screaming for a fresh start,” he said.
Administration officials hope Clancy can provide some stability at the agency, where five senior executives were demoted in the past month as part of an effort to shake up the leadership structure.
New York Times