Washington — The director of secret services announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the month after a 27-year career at the US president’s protection agency.
Director James M. Murray has accepted the position of social media company Snap, known for its messaging apps, according to an agency spokesman.
Murray was appointed by President Donald J. Trump in 2019 after Trump was disillusioned with Randolph D. Ares, then director of the agency. The director of secret services is appointed by the president and does not require Senate confirmation.
“Participating in the Secret Service was the easiest decision I’ve ever made,” Murray wrote to an agency employee on Thursday. “But deciding when to move on is one of the most difficult things.”
In April, Murray told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mallorcus that he would retire and work outside the government in a vast sector, including the Secret Service, Murray said in a letter.
In a joint statement, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden thanked Mr. Murray. “We are very grateful for his service to our country and our family,” they said.
Secret Services has recently been in the limelight after details of Mr. Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021 were revealed. A mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol to stop the normal process of proving the results. Presidential election.
Details of Mr. Trump’s protection were with him throughout the day. In a testimony before the House Commission investigated the attack last week, a former White House aide said his chief secret after Mr. Trump tried to grab the handle of the president’s car and was told he couldn’t go. To the Capitol, who said he was told to rush to a service agent.