|23rd Director of the U.S. Secret Service|
March 27, 2013
|Preceded by||Mark J. Sullivan|
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Central Florida|
|Occupation||Director, U.S. Secret Service|
Julia A. Pierson (born 1959) is an American law enforcement official. She is the Director of the United States Secret Service. Pierson was appointed by President Barack Obama and became the 23rd director and the first woman to head the male dominated agency.
Early life and education
She was an Explorer in the Boy Scouts of America, in a post specializing in law enforcement chartered to the Orlando Police Department. She was the 1978 National Law Enforcement Exploring Youth Representative, leading the Law Enforcement Exploring division, and was selected as the National Law Enforcement Exploring chair.
Pierson served three years in the Orlando Police Department (OPD), patrolling the northeastern section of Orlando. She was one of the first female OPD officers assigned to a beat. She joined the United States Secret Service in 1984 as a special agent. She served in the Miami Field Office from 1984 to 1985, and the Orlando Field Office from 1985 to 1988. Pierson served as deputy assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations from 2005 to 2006, deputy assistant director of the Office of Administration from 2001 to 2005, and special agent in charge of the Office of Protective Operations 2000 to 2001). She served on the presidential protective details (PPDs) of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. From 2008 to her appointment as director, Pierson served as the chief of staff and the assistant director of the Office of Human Resources and Training for the Secret Service.
Pierson was already the agency's highest-ranking woman before being promoted to director. She is tasked with improving the image of the USSS, following the Summit of the Americas prostitution scandal.
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