Obama names first woman head of US Secret Service

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 12:25



US President Barack Obama has picked the first woman director of the Secret Service.


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


The agency was caught up in a prostitution scandal last year during a presidential visit to Colombia.


The Secret Service investigates financial crimes, and protects the president and his family.