Secret Service Deputy Director Steps Down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Secret Service members patrol the tarmac as Air Force One prepares to leave with President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)
Secret Service members patrol the tarmac as Air Force One prepares to leave with President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

The deputy director of the U.S. Secret Service is leaving his post, the agency said on Monday, in the latest top level departure this year after a series of high-profile security lapses.

A.T. Smith has accepted another position within the Department of Homeland Security effective Tuesday, the Secret Service said in a statement.

Smith has served as deputy director since April 2012 and was responsible for daily operations, including 6,500 employees, at the agency charged with protecting the president, it said.

“Deputy Director Smith has had an exceptional law enforcement career spanning nearly 29 years within the United States Secret Service. His contributions to the agency have been invaluable,” said Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy.

In January, the Secret Service forced aside four senior officials while another has opted to retire.

The departures represent a house-cleaning within top management. The Washington Post reported last month that some members of Congress had expressed concern to the administration about Smith’s continued presence in the top leadership.