Biden confirms the head of the Secret Service – who has been in charge since 2019 and served during Trump and the COVID pandemic – is stepping down: Set to be leaving White House for a job at Snapchat
- The White House confirmed Thursday that Secret Service Director Jim Murray was retiring, after 27 years at the service
- Murray is heading to the popular app Snapchat, where he’ll be chief security officer, a spokesman for the company confirmed to DailyMail.com
- ‘Jim embodies the meaning of service over self, and protected the families of U.S. Presidents like they were part of his own,’ the president and first lady said
- A Secret Service spokesman said Murray delayed moving on ‘so he could not be a distraction’ during NATO, the G7 and the Summit of the Americas
Secret Service Director Jim Murray is retiring from the service and heading to the popular app Snapchat, where he’ll serve as chief security officer, DailyMail.com confirmed.
‘Jim embodies the meaning of service over self, and protected the families of U.S. Presidents like they were part of his own,’ said a statement Thursday from the president and first lady. ‘We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family.’
The Secret Service’s Chief of Communications Anthony Guglielmi told DailyMail.com that Murray delayed his retirement from the service by several months.
‘He had the opportunity back in April but chose the end of July so he could not be a distraction from the president’s NATO summit, the Summit of the Americas out in Los Angeles and the G7 summit that President Biden just returned from,’ Guglielmi said.
‘He also wanted to present the Secret Service’s budget to Congress so he chose July 30,’ the spokesperson added.
Murray started as head of the agency in 2019 and worked through the White House COVID pandemic that saw Donald Trump get infected – and him riding in a limo with agents outside Walter Reed.
The top salary bracket for the Secret Service is $189,000. Murray could get significantly more working for Snapchat.
The White House confirmed Thursday that Secret Service Director Jim Murray (pictured) was retiring, applauding his three-decade ‘long and distinguished’ career that spanned federal and military service
Snapchat’s spokesperson said the company was ‘thrilled’ to add Murray to its ranks on August 1 and that he would report directly to CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel.
He will be tasked with providing security for the more than 5,000 Snap employees around the globe.
The Washington Post first reported Murray was heading to Snapchat.
Murray was a 27-year veteran of the Secret Service and assumed the top post in May 2019, during the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
‘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, throughout which the agency continued executing its integrated mission of providing protection to senior elected leaders and investigating crimes targeting our financial infrastructure,’ the Secret Service statement said.
Among those ‘unique challenges’ was providing security for a president who didn’t want to take precautions against COVID-19.
In June 2021, the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics released a report that said 881 Secret Service employees had tested positive for COVID between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to The Washington Post.
Among those, 477 members were in the special agent division, which includes the president and vice president’s security details.
Trump famously refused to wear a facemask for most of the pandemic, with many White House officials and staff following his lead.
He also held massive rallies in the months leading up to the 2020 election – and before COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use.
When Trump was hospitalized for COVID in October 2020 he took a ride outside the Walter Reed medical facility with agents in his vehicle.
‘Never before has the Secret Service run up against a president so intent on putting himself first regardless of the costs, including to those around him,’ Ned Price, now the State Department spokesman, told The Post in August 2020.
Murray will immediately start work at Snapchat where he’ll be chief security officer. The Secret Service said he delayed his new gig ‘so he could not be a distraction’ during the president’s recent trips abroad and to Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas