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U.S. Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy

Joseph P. Clancy
Director (Acting)
United States Secret Service


Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Joseph P. Clancy as the Acting Director of the United States Secret Service on October 1, 2014.  Prior to accepting the position of Acting Director, Mr. Clancy served as the Executive Director of Cable Security at Comcast Corporation.

A 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, Joseph P. Clancy was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division on February 1, 2009.  Mr. Clancy held this position until his retirement from the Secret Service on June 30, 2011.

Mr. Clancy’s career with the Secret Service began in May 1984 in the Philadelphia Field Office.  In 1989, Mr. Clancy transferred to the Presidential Protective Division where he served for eight years.  Following this assignment, Mr. Clancy returned to the field, assigned to the New York Field Office.

In 1999, Mr. Clancy entered the agency’s supervisory ranks, returning to the Presidential Protective Division as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge.  Two years later, Mr. Clancy transferred to Secret Service headquarters where he was assigned as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Congressional Affairs and was detailed to the Commerce, Justice and State Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.  Mr. Clancy also served in the Secret Service Office of Inspection, the agency’s internal affairs division.

In October 2001, Mr. Clancy was selected to serve as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Homeland Security.  During this two-year assignment, he served as the Director for National Special Security Events.

Mr. Clancy returned to the Presidential Protective Division in March 2003 as Assistant Special Agent in Charge.  He was then promoted to Deputy Special Agent in Charge in June 2005 and was selected for the Senior Executive Service.  Mr. Clancy served in that position until his promotion to Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division in February 2009. 

Mr. Clancy attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Criminal Justice.  Prior to joining the Secret Service, Mr. Clancy worked as a high school teacher and football and baseball coach for the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph Clancy and his wife, Andrea, have been married for 31 years.  They have four children.

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