Randolph “Tex” Alles resigned today as the head of the USSS, a position he has held since 2017.
Alles took the position in May 2017 after serving 35 years as a major general in the US Marine Corps. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced his resignation today. “(Alles) has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the president is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country.” She added, “President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May.” Alles will remain in the post until then.
A source close to the White House told Fox News that Alles was notified 10 days ago to prepare an exit plan. Alles was the first non-member of the USSS to be appointed in over a century. Murray, on the other hand, brings USSS experience to the post, and has served as the D.C. Field Office Special Agent in Charge since 2015.
Resignation part of an overall change in leadership at the DHS.
Alles’s resignation comes less than 24 hours after that of DHS secretary Kristjen Nielsen. Upon her resignation, Nielsen tweeted, “Its (sic) been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHS.gov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards.” She included a photo of her letter of resignation.
The decision to shake up the department comes amid security concerns about increased illegal immigrant and drug activity at the Mexican-US border. According to Fox News, National Security Adviser John Bolton felt Nielsen’s background in cybersecurity lent little experience to deal with the crisis effectively. Her replacement, Kevin McAleenan, currently serves as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan brings more relevant experience to the post, and is known to be tough on illegal immigration.
President Trump earlier withdrew the nomination of acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello for the permanent position. “Ron’s a good man,” he said, “but we’re going in a tougher direction.” Administration sources say Vitiello’s nomination withdrawal was the first step in Trumps new hard line plan to address the border crisis.