President Barack Obama has picked the first woman head of the Secret Service, White House officials tell US media. Julia Pierson, currently 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.
Ms Pierson, originally from Florida, joined the Secret Service’s Miami Field Office in 1983.
From 1988, she spent four years with the Presidential Protective Division.
Ms Pierson’s appointment does not require confirmation by Congress.