Ex-Marine Major Expected to Lead Secret Service

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Retired Marine Major Gen. Randolph Alles is expected to head the Secret Service, Politico reports. Alles has served as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection since President Trump’s inauguration. Alles served for 35 years in the Marine Corps, retiring in 2011 with the rank of Major General. He will take over from Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan, who has led the agency since Joseph Clancy retired March 4. The Secret Service has faced repeated breaches and controversies since Trump took office, with two agents fired over a fence jumping incident in March.

Alles’ expected appointment comes after a search that looked outside of the Secret Service ranks, which has not been popular among former agents. The 6,500-person bureau has its own unique characteristics and culture, which are often best understood by someone who has served on a protective detail. “Imagine taking a guy from USDA and moving him over to be the commandant of the Marine Corps,” said Bill Pickle, a former Secret Service official. “They’re totally different jobs.” Pickle spoke before the news of Alles’ selection emerged. Former agents have been clamoring for Trump to pick Clancy’s replacement. “It’s devastating,” said Dan Bongino, a former agent for presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “They don’t have anyone right now guiding the ship.”

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