AP source: Shakeup at Secret Service; 4 execs reassigned

Secret Service Shake-Up Relieves Four Of Duty

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four of the highest-ranking Secret Service executives have been reassigned following a series of security mishaps and scathing reports questioning leadership within the agency, the Secret Service said Wednesday.

The agency's assistant directors for investigations, protective operations, technology and public affairs have all been reassigned within the Secret Service.

Acting Director Joseph P. Clancey said in a statement Wednesday that he was making leadership changes based on a December report from an independent panel that described the agency as "insular" and "starved for leadership."

"Change is necessary to gain a fresh perspective on how we conduct business," Clancey said. "I am certain any of our senior executives will be productive and valued assets either in other positions at the Secret Service or the department."

The four officials are: Dale Pupillo, who led protective operations; Paul Morrissey, who oversaw the agency's investigative mission; Jane Murphy, who was governmental and public affairs chief; and Mark Copanzzi, who headed up technology and the tools for mission support. Details of their new posts were not released Wednesday.

The reassignments are the biggest shift in Secret Service leadership since former Director Julia Pierson was forced to resign last year. Her ouster came after a Texas man armed with a knife was able to get over a White House fence and run deep into the executive mansion before being subdued and details of a previous presidential security breach were disclosed.

The Washington Post first reported the staff shake-up Wednesday afternoon.

The independent panel, which investigated the agency's leadership and practices in the wake of the September incident and the disclosure of a previously unreported security breach earlier that month, also recommended hiring a new director from outside the agency.

A permanent director has not been named.

That report was the second critical review of the agency responsible for protecting the president. In November the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the Secret Service, released an internal investigation about the fence-scaling incident, which concluded that poor training, staff and a series of missteps led to the breach.

Homeland Security investigators found, among other things, that uniformed agents patrolling the White House grounds the night of Sept. 19 mistakenly assumed that thick bushes near the mansion's front door would stop the intruder.

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An unidentified electronic device, which could be a small drone, landed on the grounds of the White House overnight. Security teams could be seen on the north lawn shining flashlights. "There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service on the grounds of the White House." Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with President Obama in India on Monday that the Secret Service is investigating, but there was no immediate danger from the incident.
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JUST IN: White House on lockdown, after Secret Service found a "device" on the grounds. President and First Lady are both away in India.
The Secret Service says an agent heard and saw a small drone flying low to the ground around 3 a.m. before crashing on the White House grounds.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Members of the US Secret Service are stationed on the front lawn of White House October 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Last evening Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland jumped over the two layers of security fence and onto the north lawn of the White House before he was subdued as he fought two police dogs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A US Secret Service agent is bundled up against the snow as anti-abortion activists gather for a prayer outside the White House in Washington,DC on January 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A US Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. A suspect who climbed over the White House fence on October 22 was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said. 'At approximately 7:16 pm (1116 GMT), an individual climbed the north fence line of the White House,' the spokesman said. 'The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers.' The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand, near the US capital, the spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Joseph Clancy, acting director of the United States Secret Service, is sworn in at the start of a House Judiciary Committee Hearing entitled 'Oversight of the United States Secret Service,' on Capitol Hill, November 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clancy, who became acting director of the Secret Service last month, told lawmakers that the agency has 'fallen short' of its goals in the midst of recent security lapses. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Joseph Clancy, acting director of the United States Secret Service, takes his seat prior to the start of a House Judiciary Committee Hearing entitled 'Oversight of the United States Secret Service,' on Capitol Hill, November 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clancy, who became acting director of the Secret Service last month, told lawmakers that the agency has 'fallen short' of its goals in the midst of recent security lapses. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Joseph Clancy, acting director of the United States Secret Service, takes his seat prior to the start of a House Judiciary Committee Hearing entitled 'Oversight of the United States Secret Service,' on Capitol Hill, November 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clancy, who became acting director of the Secret Service last month, told lawmakers that the agency has 'fallen short' of its goals in the midst of recent security lapses. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: U.S. Marshals and officers from the Federal Protection Police guard the outside of The United States District Court for the District of Columbia October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Accused White House intruder Omar Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court for a detention and preliminary hearing. On September19, Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and, armed with a knife, unlawfully entered and ran through the Executive Mansion before being eventually being subdued. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 31: Uniformed Secret Service agents detain a man who attempted to jump the fence on to the North Lawn of the White House July 31, 2006, in Washington DC. The man was detained without incident. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An extra layer of barricade has been set up outside the White House September 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Omar Gonzalez, the man arrested on Friday after jumping the White House fence, went deeper into the building than what it was previously reported. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US Secret Service officers stand watch as US President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, October 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the US Secret Service stands guard while President Barack Obama walks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to California through Saturday. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach at the Rayburn House Office Building on September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Pierson is giving an account of an incident involving a security breach at the White House after a man jumped the fence and was not subdued until after he had entered the mansion, deeper into the building than what it was previously reported. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Director of the United States Secret Service Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC September 30, 2014. The head of the Secret Service took responsibility Tuesday for security lapses at the White House, saying a recent intrusion by a knife-wielding man was 'unacceptable' and would not occur again. 'This is unacceptable. I take full responsibility and it will never happen again,' Secret Service director Julia Pierson told US lawmakers angered by a series of security failures at the presidential mansion. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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