Secret Service Director to resign after 30 years with agency – less than a year after a dozen agents were caught in Colombian prostitution scandal

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is retiring this month after 30 years with the agency.

Sullivan is stepping down less than a year after the agency became embroiled in a prostitution scandal, which involved 13 agents and officers in Cartegena, Colombia ahead of a visit by President Obama.

Sullivan, who has served as director of the agency since 2006, was called to testify on the scandal before Congress last year. His retirement will become effective on Feb. 23.

Sullivan joined the Secret Service in 1983 after three years a a special agent in the inspector general’s office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

President Obama said Sullivan ‘will be missed.’

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‘I want to thank Mark Sullivan for nearly 30 years of service to our nation at the United States Secret Service, a tenure that saw the agency protect five first families including my own,’ he said in a statement. ‘The Secret Service is best known for protecting our nation’s leaders, but every day they also protect the American people.

‘From securing large events such as presidential inaugurations to safeguarding our financial system, the men and women of the agency perform their mission with professionalism and dedication,’ the statement continued. ‘That is a testament to Mark and his steadfast leadership, which will be missed.’

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