Obama appoints first woman head of U.S. Secret Service

  • U.S. President Barack Obama chose the first woman director of the Secret Service on Tuesday.

    Julia Pierson, formerly Secret Service chief of staff, will replace Mark Sullivan, who announced last month that he would retire.

    The Secret Service investigates financial crimes and provides protection to the president and his family.

    “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.

    Pierson, originally from Florida, joined the Secret Service's Miami Field Office in 1983.

    From 1988-1992, she worked at the Presidential Protective Division.

    Pierson's appointment does not require confirmation by Congress.