Comcast’s Security Director is the New Interim Head of the United States Secret Service

Joseph Clancy with President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama

Joseph Clancy with President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama

By Kenneth Lipp

In the wake of revelations published in the Washington Post about failures of the Secret Service detail responsible for protecting the White House, the Service’s Director Julia Pierson resigned yesterday.  The Billy Penn Newsletter gives a brief background on her replacement, Joe Clancy, a “Philly Guy:”

Joseph Clancy, a Villanova grad and Havertown native who retired from the Service in 2011 but clearly made a strong impression. Clancy, who’d been doing private security keeping protesters at arm’s length from Comcast, had been special agent in charge of the presidential protective division.


About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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