Julie Pierson Named Head of Secret Service: National News

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The first female to ever head the U.S Secret Service was named by President Obama on Tuesday.

Julie Pierson, a 30-year veteran of the Secret Service, will replace Mark Sullivan, who announced his retirement last month, the Los Angeles Times said.

Pierson has worked at the agencies in Miami and Orlando Fla. She currently works as chief of staff of the law enforcement agency that is best known for protecting the U.S. president, the Los Angeles Times said.

Mark Sullivan announced his retirement after some recent incidents for the agency, which involved 11 agents allegedly bringing prostitutes back to their hotel, while the agents were on assignment at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, NBC News said.

The Los Angeles Times reported, the agency Pierson will head has more than 150 offices in the U.S. and throughout other countries. Her offices began by hiring employees who would fight counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Now her agents also protect national and visiting foreign leaders, secure national sites and events, and manage criminal investigations.

The Los Angeles Times said Julie Pierson joined the Secret Service in 1983 as a special agent. She rose through the ranks of the service and will now head it.

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