Secret Service announces resignation of top official

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A Secret Service agent with decades of experience has resigned, according to an agency statement.

Chief Kevin S. Simpson of the Secret Service Uniformed Division has submitted his resignation. As of May 31, Simpson will be officially retired, following 28 years of public service.

In a statement released Monday, the new director of the Secret Service, Randolph D. “Tex” Alles, writes:

“For nearly three decades, Kevin Simpson was a dedicated professional who served with honor and integrity. His void will be felt by the men and women of the Secret Service with whom he served with unwavering commitment.”

Simpson, who joined the agency in 1988, was present when then director of the Secret Service Mark Sullivan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill regarding a prostitution scandal in 2012.  The scandal involved 13 Secret Service members who hired prostitutes during a presidential trip with Obama in Cartagena, Colombia.

This year, under President Trump, two officers were fired in April after a man climbed the White House fence and remained undetected for more than 15 minutes. Some reports indicated that at least six Secret Service agents would be disciplined over the incident.

Also in April, one of  Vice President Pence’s security detail was suspended for allegations of engaging the services of a prostitute in Maryland.

The breaches in security led to the appointment last week of retired Marine Major Gen. Randolph “Tex” Alles, who was hired from outside the agency.  Before the Secret Service appointment, he was acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Now, Simpson’s resignation closes out a tough month for the Agency.

H/T: The Hill

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