On Wednesday, President Joe Biden appointed Kim Cheatle, a veteran Secret Service official, to be the agency’s next director.
Amidst the controversy that the agency is facing over missing text messages around the time thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 7, the Secret Service is in dire need of a captain to save the ship.
Biden said that her and first lady Jill Biden “know firsthand Kim’s commitment to her job and to the Secret Service’s people and mission.”
Cheatle had served in the Secret Service for 27 years and was the first woman to be named assistant director of protective operations, the division that provides protection to the president and other dignitaries. She left the Secret Service in 2021 for a job as a security executive at PepsiCo, and will now take the reins again as multiple congressional committees and the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog are investigating the missing text messages, which the Secret Service has said were purged during a technology transition.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Cheatle “is a law enforcement veteran and served as the first female assistant director in charge of all protective operations for the agency before retiring.”
“We are ecstatic to welcome her back as the next Director of the United States Secret Service,” he said in a tweet.