The White House has named Joe Clancy, executive director of Comcast Cable Security and a former member of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, as interim director of the Secret Service.
That follows the resignation of director Julia Pierson after recent incidents where a man was able to breach White House security -- the President was not there at the time -- and a contractor with a gun and a criminal record rode in an elevator with the President.
"Joe Clancy is an exceptional security professional who served our country as a member of the U.S. Secret Service and in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and who has distinguished himself throughout his career for his integrity and strong management skills," said a Comcast spokesperson. "During more than three years at Comcast he was an integral part of our security team and we are sad to see him leave. We are highly confident he will be an outstanding interim leader for the Secret Service and we wish him the very best.”
Former Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino said on CNN that the White House could have found no finer person than Clancy. He called him "absolutely terrific" and someone who would command the respect of the agents. He said the agents nicknamed him 'Father Joe' because he had once talked of wanting to be a priest. "He will be terrific," said Bongino.
Clancy joined Comcast in 2011 after retiring from the service. He had been director of security for Comcast corporate before being named executive director of cable security earlier this year.