White House to name new Secret Service director

Katrina Soto
April 26, 2017

Maj. Gen. Randolph "Tex" Alles, who took over as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Inauguration Day, will succeed acting director William Callahan in the top job.

Alles now serves as acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where he's worked since 2012. "Prior to that, Mr. Alles led CBP's air and marine operations", the statement said.

A retired Marine Corps general, Alles is now acting deputy commissioner of customs and border protection. Two uniformed Secret Service officers were fired over their handling of the incident, and others involved are facing possible disciplinary action.

The troubled Secret Service, which has been in the news for a number of embarrassing and alarming blunders, is about to get a new leader.

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ABC News has confirmed that the Trump administration has settled on a new appointment for U.S. Secret Service director.

The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was welcomed by key members of Congress, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. He reached the rank of Major General and received numerous military awards before retiring from the Corps in 2011.

Clancy guided the 151-year-old agency through that period and during the intense 2016 presidential campaign, and his decision to step aside allowed Trump to pick his own director.

High atop the list of challenges Alles will inherit is an internal investigation of a March 10 intrusion onto the White House grounds that critics of the agency have said raises serious concerns about the security of the Executive Mansion. The agency is now headed by Deputy Director William Callahan following the retirement of Director Joseph Clancy on March 4.

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