In late 2014, President Barack Obama summoned Joseph P. Clancy, his former detail leader, back from the private sector amid a string of security breaches and employee misconduct in the agency. On Tuesday, Clancy said it’s time to retire for good. He leaves March 4, giving President Trump the chance to select a new director.
Clancy steered the Secret Service as it strained under a heavy workload and the lowest number of employees in a decade. At one point, the 6,300-person agency had 500 fewer people on staff than it was authorized to hire.
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Former director Ralph Basham said Clancy will be remembered as a reassuring presence “who has done right by the service.” “Due to his calm and professional manner and approach to problem-solving, he's just done a tremendous job for the department,” Basham said. “Not to say they don’t have issues remaining, but I think he's put the organization on a good path to getting better.”