U.S. Secret Service chief to retire

U.S. Secret Service chief to retire
# 02 February 2013 03:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is to retire this month, an agency spokesman said Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Secret Service Spokesman Brian Leary said Sullivan's retirement will take effect on Feb. 23, but his successor hasn't been announced.

According to the agency's website, Sullivan joined the Secret Service in 1983, and was promoted to director in 2006. His tenure was marred by a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents during a presidential trip to Colombia last year.

In testimony before Congress, Sullivan apologized for the conduct of the agents involved in the scandal.

Secret Service is charged with the task of protecting the president.

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