CBP names new Border Patrol chief

Customs and Border Protection this week said it has named a 20-year FBI veteran as the new chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The new chief, Mark Morgan, has most recently served as assistant director of FBI’s training division in Quantico, Va.

“Mark’s strong law enforcement and leadership credentials: Los Angeles police officer; Platte County, Mo., deputy sheriff; 20-year FBI career—including an assignment as the special agent in charge of the El Paso Division—and the U.S. Marine Corps, will be of great value to the Border Patrol and CBP at large,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, who made the announcement June 20. “I look forward to working closely with him.”

Among his assignments at the FBI, Morgan also served in 2008 as deputy on-scene in Baghdad, where he was responsible for all FBI personnel and operations within the Operations and Counterterrorism Division in the Iraq Theater. In 2010, he was named section chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center, with responsibility for leading the FBI’s global command and strategic intelligence center.

“Mark’s outstanding investigative work and leadership have been an incredible asset to the FBI, and he will be missed,” said FBI Director James Comey. “He will bring the same passion for justice and public service that he demonstrated over more than 20 years of service in the FBI to his new role as chief of the Border Patrol.”

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 22, 2016 Jim

Border Patrol needs a new direction. The leadership has gotten too incestuous. An FBI manager may bring new ideas to running an agency of 20,000+ law enforcement officers.

I have met Mark Morgan and I know he is up for the job. The problem though is Gil Kerliakowski is a political appointee and may only be in office for seven more months. It is possible a new secretary of DHS would through Mr. Morgan out and appoint one of the Border Patrol bosses to be chief, especially if the union squeals about real change.

Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Just be sure to let him return to the FBI if the new culture is too different from previous success. They are lucky to have him, but Border Patrol was neglected at DOJ, and combining them with CBP resulted in " challenges" for both. BP really needs a good man, but they have been through alot. CBP has been through alot as well. They can both thrive if managed well. Good leadership matters. I wish all the very best. Be Safe. God Bless.

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