Director Mark Sullivan Retires from Secret Service After “Night Workers” Scandal
Scandal seems to fill the White House, no matter who is President. This time, the stir is with the Director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan. After over 30 years of service, he has decided to retire. This decision comes almost one year after a pr0stituti0n disgrace that took place in Colombia during a tour that President Obama was taking.
Hailing from Arlington, Massachusetts, Sullivan began his Secret Service career in 1983 in an office in Detroit. In 1991 he received his first assignment from the Presidential Protective Division. He was promoted to Director in 2006, heading the Secret Service and its 3,200 employees. Their job was to protect the President, Vice President, and foreign dignitaries. Sullivan personally ran security at 23 important events, including both of the inaugurations for President Obama. The first inauguration holds the record for the largest gathering in Washing D.C. history, with over 1.8 million in attendance.
Sullivan says that he is proud to have had the opportunity to work in the Secret Service. His retirement becomes effective on February 23rd, 2013. President Obama said that he will be missed and that his leadership has been proven by the dedication of the members of the Secret Service through the years.
However, Sullivan’s career was not squeaky clean. In April of 2012, the President went on a tour in Colombia. Just before the President arrived, some Secret Service members and also military members were implicated for having involvement with hiring pr0stitutes. Sullivan publicly apologized for the behavior of the Secret Service agents.
Despite this incident in April, Sullivan’s career has been marked with exemplary performance and a great respect from his peers and his coworkers. He was well-liked by all and will be greatly missed upon his retirement.
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