Provost Named Border Patrol Chief
By RJ Hauman | August 10, 2018
Carla Provost, who has been serving as acting chief of the Border Patrol, will take over as leader of the agency on a permanent basis, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Thursday. The promotion makes Provost the first woman to hold the top job in the Border Patrol’s 94-year history.
Provost took over the role from Ronald Vitiello, who was nominated by President Trump on Monday to permanently lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The announcement was made by Kevin McAleenan during a ceremony at CBP headquarters.
McAleenan called the appointment historic and praised Provost as an “agent’s agent” who had earned the respect of agency personnel from Border Patrol agents to the top leadership.
Unlike Vitiello’s position at the helm of ICE, Border Patrol chief is not subject to Senate confirmation.