President Obama today said he'll appoint Julia Peirson, a 30-year veteran of the Secret Service, as the first female director of the agency.
Obama said in a statement that Pierson "has consistently exemplified the spirit and dedication the men and women of the service demonstrate every day."
A veteran of the Miami and Orlando field offices, where she began her career at the Service, Pierson has served as the deputy assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations, assistant director of human resources and training, and most recently as Chief of Staff.
"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," Obama said. "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."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the choice "historic" and said Pierson is "exceptionally well-qualified, and well-equipped.
"I am confident that Julia's background and capabilities will enable her to effectively lead the Secret Service as it continues to protect the safety of our First Families, our nation’s leaders, and the public
at large," Napolitano said.