The U.S. Secret Service today announced the departure of four assistant directors to vacate their post within the next 30 days. These assistant directors oversee the divisions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs. Following the announcement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz – who has led abipartisan investigation examining the culture, training, leadership and protocol within the Secret Service – released the following statement:
“I applaud Acting Director Clancy’s action on the Panel’s recommendations. The Secret Service has suffered from a lack of leadership and that has had a detrimental impact on security, training, protocols, and overall culture. Changes are necessary and these departures are a step in the right direction. Failures within leadership have been detrimental to the reputation of this elite law enforcement agency, and subsequently the morale of the men and women who work hard to keep the President and his family safe.
While this is an important step toward improving morale, I encourage Acting Director Clancy to continue reviewing senior most leadership within the agency.The Secret Service needs to operate less like a ‘good old boys’ network and more like the elite protectors of our President that the American people expect.”