Obama to name O’Connor to head Secret Service

March 5, 2013

Former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will be replaced with veteran official David O’Connor. (Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

Citing a government source, Reuters says President Obama will soon name O’Connor, who retired last year after more than 25 years with the Secret Service, most recently as its assistant director of investigations, as Secret Service director. The post has been vacant since the retirement last month of Mark Sullivan, who was head of the Secret Service during the scandal last year in which agents hired prostitutes during a visit to Colombia.

O'Connor is expected to be a steady hand at the agency: his Secret Service career has included heading investigations, managing field agents, and overseeing dignitary protection.

The White House declined to comment on the report.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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