President Obama appoints first woman to lead the Secret Service

By NBC News

President Obama appoints first woman to lead the Secret Service

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM CDT

President Obama has appointed the first woman to lead the Secret Service.

The President announced the appointment of Julia Pierson as the next director on Tuesday. Pierson spent 30 years at the service, and is currently the chief of staff.

Senate confirmation is not needed.

Pierson succeeds Mark Sullivan, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Sullivan was in charge of the service when agents were accused of having relations with prostitutes while on assignment in Colombia.

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