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James Murray to Take Over at Secret Service After Alles’ Departure

James Murray, the assistant director of the office of protective operations at the U.S. Secret Service, will be taking the reins at the agency after the outgoing director’s resignation.

“United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in a statement Monday. “Mr. Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May.”

Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general and former acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was appointed to lead the Secret Service in April 2017.

CNN reported that Alles “was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement.” The network added that Secret Service officials were surprised by the news, and that Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles.

It was also reported that the move was not related to the breach in which a Chinese national got past two checkpoints into Mar-a-Lago despite not being on the access list to President Trump’s club. A receptionist later called Secret Service to report the breach.

Secret Service is fantastic. These are fantastic people. And the end result is it was good. I think probably will see what happened, where she’s from, who she is, but the result is they were able to get her and she’s now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind,” Trump told reporters last week. “But I would say I could not be happier with Secret ServiceSecret Service has done a fantastic job from day one. Very happy with them.”

Murray joined the Secret Service in 1995, first working as a special agent in New York. He was named acting special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Washington, D.C., Field Office in May 2015 and later appointed to the permanent role.

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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