Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who oversaw the agency during tumultuous and challenging times, is retiring Feb. 22 after nearly 30 years of service, the agency said Friday.
Sullivan has led the agency that protects the president since the second half of President George W. Bush’s second term. He oversaw President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, which drew more than a million people to Washington, and nearly two dozen other major events involving the president.
His nearly seven years as head of the Secret Service make him the agency’s third-longest-serving director.
In his last year, Sullivan had to confront a prostitution scandal involving numerous Secret Service agents preparing for Obama’s arrival in Colombia.
He was forced to publicly apologize in Congress for the conduct of his agents, saying that it was an isolated experience that did not put the president at risk.
Sullivan said the employees involved “did some really dumb things” and their behavior “is not representative of these values or the high ethical standards we demand.”