Secret Service Director James Murray to retire

After thirty years of government service, Secret Service Director James Murray is retiring, the organization said on Thursday according to The Washington Examiner.

According to a statement from the Secret Service, Murray will leave the federal government on July 30. The Secret Service claimed that he will eventually take over as the worldwide security coordinator for a significant technology and communications firm. Murray, a career Secret Service agent, was chosen by the former president Donald Trump to lead the organization in 2019.

“Director Jim Murray has led a long and distinguished career in federal and military service for three decades, including the last three years as Director of the United States Secret Service,” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

“Jim embodies the meaning of service over self, and protected the families of U.S. Presidents like they were part of his own. We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family.”

“As Director, Murray contributed significantly to the agency’s continued professionalization and growth, and helped the agency navigate the unique challenges presented by the historic COVID-19 pandemic,” the Secret Service said in its statement.

The agency went on to commemorate Murray’s service saying, “throughout which the agency continued executing its integrated mission of providing protection to senior elected leaders and investigating crimes targeting our financial infrastructure.”

“Since the Spring of 2019, Director Murray successfully guided the agency through eight National Special Security Events and nearly 20,000 international and domestic protective operations.

“During that time, the agency also recovered approximately $4.2B in fraud loss and prevented an estimated $8.1B in additional losses at the hands of criminal enterprise.”

Murray made his own statement, saying  “It has been the highest honor and privilege to call this exceptional agency my home for more than half my life. The men and women of the Secret Service embody Duty, Honor, Justice Loyalty and Courage, and I will always feel humbled to have served as Director.”

Murray is joining Snapchat. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jim Murray to Snap and look forward to him joining our team on August 1st,” a spokesperson for the app’s parent company, Snap, told USA Today.