Border Patrol Has a New Chief

The U.S. Border Patrol has named its first female chief to lead the agency.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that Carla L. Provost has been selected as the 18th Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The announcement was made by CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan. Provost was previously serving as the deputy chief.

a supervisory Border Patrol agent position in 1998, and in 2001 to a field operations supervisor position, and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as deputy chief patrol agent of the El Paso Sector in 2011. She ultimately became deputy chief in 2016.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this position and the challenges that come with it.” said Chief Provost. “The Border Patrol is a family, and I will do everything to live up to this great responsibility and represent my ‘family’ to the best of my ability. I am so proud of the men and women of the Border Patrol. I know first-hand the sacrifices they make every day to protect this country, and recognize the outstanding leadership we have, and the brave and tireless work of our agents. First and foremost, I want to be able to support our personnel with the resources and equipment they need to do their jobs in a safe and effective manner. Our people are our most important resource, and supporting them is my primary responsibility.”

“There is no one more suited to lead the Border Patrol,” said Commissioner McAleenan. “It is my distinct honor to appoint Chief Provost to this position. I have absolute confidence in her experience, leadership, judgment and dedication to lead the Border Patrol, as well as her unwavering commitment to our mission, and our agency.”

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