Updated 3:32 p.m. ET
President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Secret Service chief of staff Julia Pierson as the first female director of the agency.
"Over her 30 years of experience with the Secret Service, Julia has consistently exemplified the spirit and dedication the men and women of the service demonstrate every day," Obama said in a statement. "Julia has had an exemplary career, and I know these experiences will guide her as she takes on this new challenge to lead the impressive men and women of this important agency.”
Pierson has served as chief of staff at the agency, which protects the nation's political leaders—including the president—and investigates financial crimes, since Aug. 3, 2008.
Pierson's appointment follows disorder at the Secret Service following a 2012Read More »from Obama names Julia Pierson to head Secret Service