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William J. Maddocks Becomes Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine

Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks

By Steve Neavling

William J. Maddocks has been named chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine. 

Maddocks replaces acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason Schneider, who had been serving since May 2020. 

Maddocks joined Border Patrol in 1997 and served in sectors on the northern and southwest borders. He has had multiple leadership command assignments during his career. 

Maddocks most recently served as deputy chief patrol agent of the Swanton Sector in Vermont. 

Maddocks previously served two assignments with the Houlton Sector. 

“Returning to Houlton Sector is like coming home for me,” Maddocks said in a statement. “No matter where my career has taken me, it seems that all roads always led back to Houlton. It’s good to be home, and I am both proud and humbled at the opportunity to lead the fine folks that make up the USBP Team here in Maine”

Maddocks, a native of Connecticut, served in the U.S. Army from 193 to 1987. 

Aaron Heitke Named Chief Patrol Agent for San Diego Sector

Aaron Heitke, chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Aaron Heitke, a 22-year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been promoted to chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector.

Heitke most recently served as the sector’s deputy chief patrol agent. In 2015, he served as the chief patrol agent for the Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota.

Heitke joined the Border Patrol in 1998, serving at the Wellton Station in the Yuma Sector. In 2004, Heitke became supervisory Border Patrol agent at the Grand Marais Station in the Grand Forks Sector and was named its Patrol Agent in Charge in 2005.

In his current role, Heitke will manage more than 2,400 agents and mission support staff and oversee the sector’s eight Border Patrol stations.

A native of Minnesota, Heitke earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He then earned a juris doctorate at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Before joining the Border Patrol, he practiced law for a short period.

Head of U.S. Border Patrol in Blaine Was Removed from His Position

Steve Neavling

John C. Bates, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine Sector, was removed from his post Monday after serving for six years as chief patrol agent for the sector, the Bellingham Herald reports.

The reason, however, remained a mystery this morning after authorities declined to say what happened.

Bates was in charge of protecting the borders of Washington, Alaska and Oregon.

He had been with the agency since 1985.

Blaine is the second leader to be removed from the Blaine sector in the last five years. A deputy chief was arrested for having sex with an underage girl, according to the Bellingham Herald.