Julia Pierson Named Director of the Secret Service


The highest-ranking female agent in the U.S. Secret Service, Julia A. Pierson, will be sworn in Wednesday at the White House to head the organization where she has worked for over 30 years. The first woman tapped for the top job, she takes over an agency rocked by a prostitution scandal last year.

Pierson has been chief of staff in the director’s office in Washington since 2008, where her main areas of responsibility have been technology and modernization. Over three decades, beginning as a special agent in Miami, she has held a wide variety of protective and investigative assignments and served as deputy assistant director in the Office of Protective Operations. 

In announcing her appointment, President Obama said, “Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures our financial system, but also protects our leaders and our first families, including my own. Julia has had an exemplary career, and I know these experiences will guide her as she takes on this new challenge to lead the impressive men and women of this important agency.”

Pierson’s first job after graduating from the University of Central Florida was with the Orlando Police Department, where she was an officer. From there she went to the Miami field office of the Secret Service, turning in exemplary work and receiving a series of promotions that eventually took her to Washington. “She’s hit every position on the way up to chief of staff,” Paul Morrissey, assistant director of the Office of Government and Public Affairs, said when she was named chief of staff. He said it was “absolutely amazing.” Her rise is especially..

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