Joseph P. Clancy, the Secret Service director who was given the assignment of shoring up that agency in a period of crisis, has resigned from one of Washington’s toughest jobs after two years, reports the Washington Post. He leaves March 4, giving President Trump the chance to select a new director. In late 2014, President Obama summoned 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.
Clancy steered the Secret Service as it strained under a heavy workload and staff shortages. At one point, the 6,300-person agency had 500 fewer people than authorized. On Clancy’s watch, the Secret Service successfully tackled an intense and rancorous 2016 presidential election campaign — one that featured fisticuffs at some raucous rallies — without major incident. Clancy joined the Secret Service in 1984, rising to become the leader of Obama’s detail in 2009 and retiring in 2011. He returned to his native Philadelphia, taking a security job with Comcast. He was called back to Washington in October 2014, after the resignation of Director Julia Pierson following a series of embarrassing incidents for the agency.