Secret Service director retiring, lead agency amid turmoil

Secret Service director retiring, lead agency amid turmoil

Amid several problems within the Secret Service; however, Obama asked for Clancy's replacement's resignation in 2014 and called Clancy on the phone the same day, asking him to come back and work as acting director.

Clancy joined the Secret Service in 1984 and rose to become the leader of Obama's detail in 2009 before retiring in 2011, when he returned to Philadelphia and took a job as security director for Comcast.

In his resignation letter, Clancy says president Trump and his administration have been supportive of the agency and the decision to leave is hard. Joseph Clancy informed his colleagues of his decision to retire, effective March 4, saying that "for personal reasons, it is time".

Chaffetz urged Trump to pick a director from outside the agency. Beginning in 2015, with Pope Francis' visit to the United States, through the raucous election season and culminating with last month's inauguration, the service has been challenged by an unrelenting workload.

Just prior to Election Day, USA TODAY reported that at least 1,000 agents, about a third of the workforce, had already maxed out annual overtime and salary allowances, a effect of the contentious political season's demands.

Clancy was praised for his sacrifice in returning to the agency by Christian Marrone, the chief of staff to the Homeland Security secretary.

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who oversees the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement he would encourage Trump to appoint a director from outside the Secret Service.

The Secret Service has some 7,000 employees, and is charged with investigating counterfeiting as well as protecting the president, vice president, their families, former presidents and other dignitaries. "I have the utmost respect for Director Clancy and his leadership".

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