The headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Julia Pierson would be named CIA director, not Secret Service director. The article also described that her predecessor, Mark Sullivan, announced his resignation last month after apologizing for the agency’s prostitution scandal. Sullivan’s retirement last month came nine months after he apologized last May for agents’ behavior on a presidential trip to Colombia. This version has been corrected.
President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson, a veteran U.S. Secret Service agent and senior official, as the first female director of the agency, White House officials said Tuesday.
Pierson, 53, began her career in the Secret Service as an agent in Miami three decades ago. She serves as the service’s chief of staff.
She does not need Senate confirmation for the post, which White House officials said would be announced Tuesday afternoon.
Obama’s selection of Pierson comes after an extraordinarily difficult year at the service, and amid calls that the next director make internal changes at the agency whose masculine culture was exposed during an overseas trip last year.