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The leader of the Secret Service will step down early next month after more than two years on the job, The Washington Examiner has confirmed.

Director Joseph Clancy was hired by President Obama to shore up the agency after a series of high-profile scandals back in 2014. He was the former leader of Obama’s protective detail and had retired into the private sector before being summoned back to the public arena.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Tuesday thanked Clancy for his service and said he did a good job turning the agency around.

“I appreciate Director Clancy’s dedicated service to this country. He took on the difficult task of returning to and taking over an agency plagued with mismanagement, misconduct, and security lapses,” Chaffetz said.

“Under his leadership, the Secret Service has worked with this committee to implement detailed recommendations put forth in our bipartisan staff report,” he said. “I wish him and his family the best as they begin a new chapter.”

He added: “Moving forward, I encourage President Trump to appoint a director from outside the agency. A fresh set of eyes and new perspective is needed to restore the prestige and status expected of such an elite agency.”

Clancy will officially leave his post on March 4. He told the White House he would be leaving his post last week.

Susan Crabtree contributed

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