It will be the ‘Service’s’ second woman leader….
Gonna be tough one for Kim Cheatle, who is currently working with PepsiCo…..
Trump motorcade episode….
Vice President Pence in trouble in the Capitol Jan.6…..
Cell phone wipes…..
Of duty conduct problems AGAIN…..
Cheatle worked Biden’s Vice President protective detail back in the past…..
“She is 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,” Biden said. “She has my complete trust, and I look forward to working with her.”
The announcement came several weeks after Secret Service Director James Murray announced he was stepping down to accept a job as chief security officer for California-based Snap Inc., owner of the Snapchat social media site.
The move also came after high-profile, often unwelcome incidents for the agency, which is charged with protecting top U.S. officials, including former presidents, as well as visiting foreign dignitaries.
Two Secret Service employees who had been dispatched to South Korea for Biden’s trip there in May were involved in conduct that ended in a confrontation with South Korean citizens. The incident happened while the agents were off-duty, but they returned to the United States and were placed on administrative leave….
The only other woman to head the Secret Service was Julia Pierson in 2013-2014, who resigned after security lapses eroded President Barack Obama’s confidence in her.
Cheatle has held a number of roles in the agency, including her job as part of the Vice Presidential Protective Division, and in 2021 Biden awarded her with a Presidential Rank Award. She is currently a senior director at PepsiCo North America overseeing facilities, personnel and business continuity….
image….Sarah Gross, via U.S. Army