Deputy Director of Secret Service Stepping Down

Secret Service agents keep watch on the tarmac as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Boise, Idaho January 21, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
Secret Service agents keep watch on the tarmac as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Boise, Idaho January 21, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

The deputy director of the U.S. Secret Service is leaving his post, the agency said on Monday, in the latest top level departure this year after a series of high profile security lapses.

A.T. Smith has accepted another position within the Department of Homeland Security effective Tuesday, the Secret Service said in a statement.

Smith has served as deputy director since April 2012 and was responsible for daily operations, including 6,500 employees, at the agency charged with protecting the president, it said.

“Deputy Director Smith has had an exceptional law enforcement career spanning nearly 29 years within the United States Secret Service. His contributions to the agency have been invaluable,” said Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy.

In January, the Secret Service forced aside four senior officials while another has opted to retire.

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SOURCE: Reuters

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