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White House To Name New Secret Service Director

White House To Name New Secret Service Director

The White House was expected to announce Tuesday that it has selected Randolph D. Alles, a retired Marine Corps general and acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to lead the Secret Service, according to a former federal law enforcement official who has been briefed on the choice. He comes to the Secret Service after serving in several roles with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, most recently being appointed acting deputy commissioner on January 20, the day President Donald Trump took office.

His positions of leadership within the Corps included command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and of Al Asad Air Base in Iraq; commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and vice chief of Naval Research; and director for Strategic Planning and Policy at U.S. Pacific Command, among others.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who has always been a critic of the senior leadership and IT management of the Secret Service, applauded the decision to hire a director from outside the organization.




A 2014 review of the Secret Service found it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.

Randoph "Tex" Alles, shown here testifying before Congress in 2015, is President Trump's pick to head the Secret Service. He testified during a Senate Homeland Security hearing in 2013. Minutes later, the White House released the formal announcement confirming the appointment. Alles will replace former director Joseph Clancy, who retired on March 4.

Alles served for 35 years in the military before retiring. The recommendation came after Julia Pierson was forced to resign as director after multiple presidential security breaches were made public.

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