Secret Service Cleans House After White House Fence Scandals

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On Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, Secret Service said Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence of the White House and sprinted just past the north portico doors where he was stopped. Gonzalez had a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife on her person when he was arrested. This image showing Gonzalez running across the lawn was taken from CNN's White House beauty shot camera.

On Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, Secret Service said Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence of the White House and sprinted just past the north portico doors where he was stopped. Gonzalez had a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife on her person when he was arrested. This image showing Gonzalez running across the lawn was taken from CNN’s White House beauty shot camera.

WASHINGTON — Top Secret Service officials are out of their jobs following months of scandal at the law enforcement agency, sources said on Wednesday.

Four senior officials — responsible for investigations, technology, protections and public affairs — are being asked to leave their posts, though they could still technically stay with the Secret Service, a person at the agency said.

The four officials identified by the source: Dale Pupillo, Jane Murphy, Paul Morrissey, and Mark Copanzzi.

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and others address the House Oversight Committee on Sept. 30, 2014, speaking to recent perimeter breaches at The White House.

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and others address the House Oversight Committee on Sept. 30, 2014, speaking to recent perimeter breaches at The White House.

A fifth official, assistant director Vic Erevia, is retiring, though the agency said his retirement is unrelated to the problems the Secret Service has been facing.

The Secret Service was beset with problems at the end of last year after security breaches at the White House and on President Barack Obama’s detail. The worst example came when a man armed with a small knife made it through the North Portico door and into the White House residence.

Uniformed Secret Service Officers attach yellow "police line do not cross" on the temporary barriers placed on Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House.

Uniformed Secret Service Officers attach yellow “police line do not cross” on the temporary barriers placed on Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House.

The episode caused consternation among lawmakers, who demanded the agency’s director testify on Capitol Hill. That director, Julia Pierson, was soon out, replaced by the former head of Obama’s protective division, Joe Clancy.

House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the United States Secret Service." with acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the United States Secret Service.” with acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

“Based on the independent panel review, and my own assessments, I will be implementing leadership changes in the Secret Service management team,” Clancy said in a statement on Wednesday. “Change is necessary to gain a fresh perspective on how we conduct business. 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 first fence jumper at the White House since Omar Gonzalez barely made it over before being detained by Secret Service.

The first fence jumper at the White House since Omar Gonzalez barely made it over before being detained by Secret Service.

The departures were first reported by The Washington Post.