Interim Secret Service Director Admits They Have Work to Do
Joseph Clancy has admitted that they “know they’ve got to clean up their act”
- By Matt Holden
- Oct 02, 2014
After Julia Pierson resigned as Director of the Secret Service, 58-year-old Joseph Clancy was named the interim director. He retired three years ago as Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division. Clancy has been with the Secret Service since the 80s.
“I think the fact that he’s not a bureaucrat, he comes from the ranks, has held the highest level of responsibility in the service, and that is running the president’s protective detail, says a lot, and I think he knows there has to be a transparency that hasn’t been there recently,” said Bill Daley, who was White House chief of staff when Clancy was in charge of protecting President Obama. “But he also knows they’ve got to clean up their act.
Daley is confident that Clancy will bring strong leadership to an agency that has become a “very large bureaucracy.” According to Daley what they need the most is stability.
“I think Joe brings that,” Daley said. “He has great character, he’s been there, he’s been on the street in a sense, and so I think he’s the perfect guy for this – for the service right now.”
About the Author
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.