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Statement by Secretary Napolitano on the Appointment of Julia A. Pierson as Secret Service Director

Release Date: 
March 26, 2013

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

“I am proud of the historic decision by President Obama to appoint Julia A. Pierson to be the first female Director of the United States Secret Service. With over 30 years of experience in the Secret Service, Julia is exceptionally well-qualified, and well-equipped to lead the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service in their mission to the agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the President of the United States.

Julia most recently served as Chief of Staff for the Secret Service, overseeing the Secret Service’s complex information technology and business process modernization efforts. Prior to being appointed Chief of Staff in 2008, Julia served as Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Training where she was responsible for all human resource and training programs for the Secret Service, including policy development and management of the agency’s Personnel Division, Security Clearance Division, Workforce Planning, Work-Life Programs, and the James J. Rowley Training Center.

During the span of her Secret Service career, Julia has served as Special Agent in Charge within the Office of Protective Operations, Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Administration, and Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Protective Operations. Julia has been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service since 2003, and was the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Meritorious Executive Award for sustained superior performance in management throughout her career with the Secret Service.

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.”

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Review Date: 
March 26, 2013
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