Timothy Harleth Biography – Timothy Harleth Wiki
Timothy Harleth was the White House chief usher from June 23, 2017, in the Trump Administration, until he was released from service by President Joseph Biden on January 20, 2021. The position had been vacant since Angella Reid was fired on May 5, 2017. She was the second African-American and the first woman to serve as chief usher and replaced Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, who had served from 2007-2011 under the Obamas and President George W. Bush.
Melania Trump announced the hiring of Harleth for the role of chief usher in a statement. Melania said in the statement: “I am pleased that Timothy will be joining our team. I selected him because of his impressive work history and management skills. My husband and I know he will be successful in this vital role within the White House.”
Harleth, in the White House statement announcing his hire, said, “I look forward to applying my experience with hospitality, leadership and political protocol in order to ensure the first family’s needs are met, while also protecting and preserving the rich history of the White House. I am excited to work alongside the accomplished and professional staff who are already in place.”
Before that, Harleth was the director of rooms at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Prior to his time at Trump’s DC hotel, he worked in management at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington and at the Mandarin Oriental in New York.
The White House is managed by the chief usher. The title of “chief usher” became official in 1897. The chief usher is the general manager of the building, including construction, maintenance, remodeling, food, as well as the administrative, fiscal and personnel functions. The chief usher oversees the White House staff of butlers, maids, housekeepers, chefs, cooks, doormen, housemen, florists, electricians, plumbers, storekeepers, engineers and others.
Timothy Harleth Salary
Among white house staffers, salaries range from $30,000 to $400,000 annually. As of September 1992, the chief usher was paid $83,141, according to The Washington Post.