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Biden Administration Forces Out Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott

Rodney Scott, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

The Biden administration pushed out Rodney S. Scott, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, after less than two years on the job. 

Scott, a 29-year veteran who enthusiastically supported former President Trump’s hardline policies and border wall, will be replaced on an interim basis with his deputy, Paul Ortiz, The Washington Post reports

Scott was notified in a letter that he could resign, retire or relocate. He has not made an official announcement about his next move.

Scott joined Border Patrol in 1992, serving at the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego, Calif. During his career, he’s held various leadership positions, including chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector, deputy chief patrol agent at San Diego Sector, patrol agent in charge at the Brown Field Station in San Diego Sector, assistant chief in CBP’s Office of Anti-Terrorism in Washington, D.C., and director/division chief for the Incident Management and Operations Coordination Division at CBP headquarters.

Scott’s departure comes on the heels of a record number of migrants trying to cross the border. 

Ronald Vitiello, former Border Patrol chief, said the change in leadership is likely to cause consternation among border officials and agents. 

“Unfortunately, Border Patrol will go through yet another period guessing who the leadership team will be,” Vitiello said. “That’s unfortunate, and a distraction that’s unnecessary at this time.”

Biden nominated Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Anthony S. Good Named Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector

Anthony S. Good, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota.

By Steve Neavling

Anthony S. Good has been named chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota. 

Beginning Dec. 20, Good will replace acting Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks. 

Good joined the Border Patrol in 2001, serving at the Calexico Station in the El Centro Sector. He was promoted to numerous leadership positions, including supervisory Border Patrol agent at Blythe Station in the Yuma Sector, special operations supervisor of the Deming Station in the El Paso Sector, assistant chief within the Planning Branch at Border Patrol Headquarters, and deputy patrol agent in charge of the Ajo Station in the Tucson Sector. 

In 2016, Good became division chief of Operational Programs and division chief of operations at the Laredo Sector in 2017. In 2018, Good was promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of the Havre Sector.

 “I am excited for this new opportunity and proud to be serving with everyone in the Grand Forks Sector,” Good said in a statement. “Border security is national security and everyone plays a role in keeping our nation and our communities safe. I will ensure that as a sector we continue to maintain and enhance our great relationships with our strategic partners as well as our communities.” 

Grand Forks Sector oversees North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri and includes seven Border Patrol stations along 861 miles of land and water border with Canada.  

Raul Ortiz Named Deputy Chief of U.S. Border Patrol

Deputy Chief of Border Patrol Raul Ortiz.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Raul Ortiz has been named the new deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Ortiz, who joined the Border Patrol in May 1991, most recently served as the agency’s Del Rio sector chief.

The announcement Tuesday comes a few days after the Trump administration chose Rodney Scott to serve as the Border Patrol chief.

Ortiz’s career with the agency began in the San Diego Sector. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the assistant patrol agent in charge and patrol agent in charge of the Comstock Station, as well as patrol agent in charge of the Del Rio Station. In 2005, Ortiz was promoted to assistant chief patrol agent in the Del Rio Sector.

In 2009 and 2010, Ortiz served as director of the Border Patrol Management Task Force in Afghanistan. Later in 2010, he served as the senior advisor to the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan for Homeland Security. In 2011, Ortiz was promoted to the Senior Executive Service position of Homeland Security Attaché in Kabul until he began serving as deputy chief of operations at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, DC.

Ortiz was promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector in 2013, and became chief patrol agent of the sector in 2019.

“Deputy Chief Ortiz is an ‘Agent’s Agent’ and epitomizes the core values of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol’s motto, ‘Honor First,'” Acting Border Patrol Commissioner Mark A. Morgan said in a news release.

Rodney Scott Named New Border Patrol Chief, Replacing Carla Provost

New Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration has chosen Rodney Scott to lead the U.S. Border Patrol, replacing Carla Provost, who is retiring.

Scott, who most recently led the San Diego Sector, is a 27-year veteran of the agency.

CBP’s Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan lauded Scott for his integrity and experience.

“Chief Scott is the absolute embodiment of the U.S. Border Patrol’s ‘Honor First’ motto, and I am confident that under his leadership, the men and women of the Border Patrol will be well served, the laws of this nation will be enforced, and our borders will be secured,” Morgan said in a statement.

Scott joined Border Patrol in 1992, serving at the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego, Calif. During his career, he’s held various leadership positions, including chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector; deputy chief patrol agent at San Diego Sector; patrol agent in charge at the Brown Field Station in San Diego Sector; assistant chief in CBP’s Office of Anti-Terrorism in Washington, D.C.; and director/division chief for the Incident Management and Operations Coordination Division at CBP headquarters.

Read Morgan’s full statement here.

Carla Provost, First Woman to Lead Border Patrol, Is Retiring

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Carla Provost, the first woman to lead the U.S. Border Patrol and one of the longest serving members of President Trump’s administration, is about to step down.

The 50-year-old planned to retire in December but stayed on amid infighting over her replacement, The Washington Examiner first reported.

Provost, who began her career with the agency in 1995, became acting chief in April 2017 until the post was made permanent in August 2018. Her leadership came at one of the most contentious times for the Border Patrol, which continues to come under immense fire for its handling of families of undocumented immigrants.

Her replacement will be Rodney Scott, a 27-year agent who was serving as acting deputy chief since October.

Border Patrol Names New Chief of San Diego Sector – Rodney S. Scott

Rodney S. Scott, new chief of the agency’s San Diego Sector. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 25-year-veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol has been named the new chief of the agency’s San Diego Sector.

During a ceremony Thursday in Coronado, Rodney S. Scott was announced as the new sector chief.

“I am honored and elated to assume command of the San Diego Sector. My goal is to provide enthusiastic leadership that empowers the men and woman of the sector to excel,” Scott said, according to the Times of San Diego. “I also look forward to building community partnerships and collaborating with area stakeholders for stronger border security and community safety.”

Scott will be responsible for more than 2,400 border agents and support staff and will provide oversight of eight border patrol stations.

Scott previously served as chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector, deputy chief patrol agent in San Diego County, and patrol agent in charge at the Brown Field Station.

Scott launched his Border Patrol career on May 11, 1992.