WASHINGTON. The director of the Secret Service announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the month after a 27-year career with an agency tasked with protecting the President of the United States.
Director James M. Murray has taken a job at social networking site Snap, known for its messaging app Snapchat, a spokesman for the agency said.
mr. Murray was nominated by President Donald Trump in 2019. Trump disappointed with the director of the agency at the time Randolph D. Alles. The Director of the Secret Service is appointed by the President and does not require Senate approval.
“Joining the Secret Service was the easiest decision I ever made,” he said. Murray wrote in a letter to agency staff on Thursday. “However, the decision that it was time to move on was one of the most difficult.”
In April, Mr. Murray told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Majorcas, which includes the Secret Service, that he plans to retire and take a job outside the government. Murray said in a letter.
In a joint statement, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their appreciation for Mr. Biden. Murray. “We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family,” they said.
The Secret Service has been in the spotlight in recent days after the details o d. Trump’s actions in January on November 6, 2021, when a crowd of his supporters attacked the Capitol in an attempt to stop the routine process of confirming the presidential election results.
mr. Trump’s bodyguards were with him throughout the day. In last week’s testimony before a House committee investigated the attack, a former White House aide said she was told Mr Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential car and lunged at his top Secret Service agent after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol.