The Associated Press, 7/18/98: “[Larry] Cockell is one of only 24 special agents to be in charge of the presidential protective division since it started in 1901 and is the first black to hold the job.”

1. Joseph E. Murphy (Teddy Roosevelt [1901]-Taft eras)

2. Dick Jervis (Wilson era)

3. Col. Edmund W. Starling (Wilson-FDR)

4. Michael F. Reilly (1943-1945)

5. George C. Drescher (SAIC 4/12/45-5/3/46; nephew Earl L. Drescher became the deputy chief of the Executive Protective Service in the late 1970’s)

6. James J. Rowley (1946-Sept. 1961)

7. Gerald A. Behn (Sept. 1961-Jan. 1965)

8. Rufus W. Youngblood (1965)

9. Thomas “Lem” Johns (Fall 1965)

10. Clinton J. Hill (Approx. 1966-1968)

11. Robert H. Taylor1 (LBJ & NIXON: 1968-Feb. 1973)

12. Richard E. Keiser (Feb. 1973-1978; Nixon, Ford, Carter)

13. John R. Simpson (Carter; 1978-1979)

14. Gerald S. Parr (Carter-Reagan; 1979-early 1982)

15. Robert DeProspero (Reagan, Jan. 1982-approx. April 1985)

16. Ray Shaddick (Reagan/ Bush; 1985-1989)

17. John W. Magaw (Bush; approximately 1989-1992)

18. Rich “Skip” Miller (Bush/ Clinton; approximately 1992-1993)

19. David Carpenter (Clinton; 1994-1995)

20. Don Flynn (Clinton)

21. Lewis C. Merletti (Clinton)

22. Brian L. Stafford (Clinton)

23. Larry Cockell (Clinton)

24.Carl Truscott (Bush)

25. Eddie Marinzel (Bush)

26. Nick Trotta (Bush)

27. Don White (Bush) [photo not available]

28. Joe Clancy (Obama; 2/1/09-6/30/11)

29. Vic Erevia (Obama; 2011-2013)

30. Robert Buster (Obama; 2013-2015; assistants: Thomas Rizza, Kimberly Tello)

31. Michael White (Obama/ Trump; 2015-2017)

MICHAEL WHITE-SAIC of PPD after Robert Buster: mid-2015 to 2017: Obama to first 5 months of Trump


His 26-year U.S. Secret Service career included responsibility for all protective measures for the U.S. President, First Lady, First Family, and White House Complex as well as service on the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD) for the last five U.S. Presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush 43, Clinton and Bush 41)…Mike was first selected to join President Clinton’s protective detail in 1998. He was promoted to a key supervisory position in 2003. While serving on the presidential detail, Mike was responsible for implementing numerous strategic and operational enhancements to PPD, including development of specialized covert surveillance teams to strengthen protective measures surrounding the First Family following the attacks of 9-11…In 2006, Mike was ranked the top supervisory Special Agent in the entire Secret Service and promoted to a senior member of PPD…In 2015, Mike was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of PPD.”

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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