CBP Deputy Chief Carla L. Provost

Border Patrol names its first woman chief

The U.S. Border Patrol on Aug. 9 announced that its acting chief will now serve as the permanent leader of the agency, who will also be the first woman in the position.

Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan announced the selection of Deputy Chief Carla L. Provost as the 18th chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. 

“There is no one more suited to lead the Border Patrol,” McAleenan said in a release, adding, “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.”

Provost has served as acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol since April 2017. 

She has 23-years of service with the U.S. Border Patrol, having held a variety of supervisory, management, and leadership positions.

She first entered duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1995.

Provost released the following statement: “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.”

Reader comments

Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Awesome congratulations to her!

Fri, Aug 10, 2018


Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Most competent female in the agency for sure. Congrats!

Fri, Aug 10, 2018

it's 2018. why is the 1st?!

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