WASHINGTON — The director of the Secret Service announced on Thursday that he would retire at the top of the month after a 27-year profession with the agency that’s charged with protecting the president of the US.
The director, James M. Murray, has accepted a position with the social media company Snap, which is thought for its messaging app, Snapchat, an agency spokesman said.
Mr. Murray was appointed by President Donald J. Trump in 2019 after Mr. Trump became disillusioned with the agency’s director on the time, Randolph D. Alles. The director of the Secret Service is appointed by the president and doesn’t require Senate confirmation.
“Joining the Secret Service was the simplest decision I actually have ever made,” Mr. Murray wrote in a letter to agency employees on Thursday. “Deciding it’s time to move on, nevertheless, has been probably the most difficult.”
In April, Mr. Murray told the homeland security secretary, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, whose sprawling department includes the Secret Service, that he planned to retire and take a job outside of presidency, Mr. Murray said within the letter.
In a joint statement, President Biden and the primary lady, Jill Biden, expressed appreciation to Mr. Murray. “We’re incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family,” they said.
The Secret Service has come under the highlight in recent days after more details emerged about Mr. Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol in an effort to stop the routine technique of certifying the outcomes of the presidential election.
Mr. Trump’s protective detail was with him throughout that day. In testimony last week before the House committee investigating the attack, a former White House aide said she was told that Mr. Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle and lunged at his lead Secret Service agent after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol.