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The New Head of the Secret Service Has Been Announced, but What Can We Expect?

President Joe Biden has designated Kimberly Cheatle to be the following head of the Secret Service.

Biden on Wednesday referred to Cheatle as “a distinguished law enforcement professional with exceptional leadership skills,” saying in a proclamation that she “was easily the best choice to lead the agency at a critical moment for the Secret Service.” In this new job, she will end up being the second lady to lead the Secret Service, after previous President Barack Obama named Julia Pierson as the first in 2013.

Cheatle will be taking over at an organization confronting various issues. On July 13, Congress was advised by Homeland Security’s overseer general that the Secret Service had lost texts connected with the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol while deleting workers’ telephones as a component of another protocol. The House select board of trustees examining the so-called assault by former president Donald Trump then subpoenaed the agency for its records, worried that government records regulations might have been abused if the messages weren’t preserved.

DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari appeared to stand up against the expanded investigation by writing in a work-related email “because of the U.S. Attorney General guidelines and quality standards, we cannot always publicly respond to untruths and false information about our work. I am so proud of the resilience I have witnessed in the face of this onslaught of meritless criticism.”

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Not long after, the seat of the Jan. 6 board of trustees, Rep. Bennie Thompson D-Miss., and Oversight seat Rep. Carolyn Maloney D-N.Y. sent a letter saying they had records that “raise troubling new concerns that your office not only failed to notify Congress for more than a year that critical evidence in this investigation was missing, but your senior staff deliberately chose not to pursue that evidence and then appear to have taken steps to cover up these failures.”

Handling these issues will be important for the following period of Cheatle’s 25-year-in addition to the profession with the Secret Service. She has served in various positions of authority inside the organization, including becoming the main lady to serve for the job of assistant director of protective operations, in October 2019.

Biden “came to trust her judgment and counsel” when she was on his security detail as VP, he said in his proclamation. In 2021, Biden granted her a Presidential Rank Award, “recognizing her among a select group of career members of the Senior Executive Service for exceptional performance over an extended period of time.”

Cheatle is as of now a ranking executive at PepsiCo North America and has been there since 2019, where she supervises offices, workforce, and business progression. She additionally joined the United States Secret Service in 1995 and filled in as a security director until her retirement in 2021. In 2017 and 2018, she filled in as deputy assistant director. She filled in as specialist agent-in-charge in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, office and resigned as assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations. During her tenure, Cheatle was assigned to the Vice-Presidential Protective Division during the Obama organization.