President Joe Biden announced Kimberly Cheatle as the new director of the Secret Service.
Cheatle comes with 27 years of agency experience to the role in charge of protecting the president.
Cheatle is the second woman to lead the elite agency charged with protecting the president, vice presidTopNewent, their families, top White House staffers and visiting world leaders. https://t.co/PWDmGHAVpW
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Biden described Cheatle as “a distinguished law enforcement professional with exceptional leadership skills, and was easily the best choice to lead the agency at a critical moment for the Secret Service.”
“She has my complete trust, and I look forward to working with her,” Biden added.
We have a NEW head of Secret Service, Kimberly Cheatle. She has 25 yrs experience, and was part of Joe’s VP detail. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/FxcwPKGIo5
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“She has served numerous leadership roles within the agency, including becoming the first woman to serve in the role of assistant director of protective operations, in October 2019,” Politico reported.
“Biden ‘came to trust her judgment and counsel’ when she was on his security detail as vice president,” the report added.
President Biden appoints Kimberly Cheatle to be the next director of the Secret Service https://t.co/BEvrVwu1v2
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The appointment comes as the agency faces growing security issues. The Secret Service was recently in the news after it was found that text messages from agents’ phones had been deleted related to Jan. 6, 2021.
Others have called for increased security for the president and other key leaders as threats have emerged, including the news of Iran’s previous threats against John Bolton and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Many will see the announcement as good news for women as well, as the decision places a female in the top Secret Service role.