Leadership Changes at the Tucson Sector Border Patrolby Hugh Holub on Dec. 23, 2010, under border issues, politics
US Customs and Border Protection Press Release December 23, 2010:
Leadership Changes at the Tucson Sector Border Patrol
TUCSON, Ariz. – Randy R. Hill entered on duty as the Chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector on Monday. Chief Hill brings more than 32 years of experience to the role, including most recently serving as the Chief of El Paso Sector.
“The Arizona/Sonora corridor is critical in our ongoing efforts to securing our nation’s border,” said Chief Hill. “With the unprecedented resources that have been implemented across the southwest border in recent years, we’ve seen the criminal element resort to more desperate measures in their efforts to smuggle people, narcotics and other contraband into the U.S, as we’ve tragically witnessed by the murder of Agent Brian Terry last week. We are committed to addressing this threat and working closely with community leaders and state, local, tribal and federal partners to secure our border, preserve our way of life, and honor Agent Terry and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Additional recent leadership changes in Tucson Sector include: Richard Barlow entering on duty as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent and Manuel Padilla, assuming the role as the Division Chief of Operations. Chief Barlow comes from the San Diego Sector where he was Acting Chief Patrol Agent. Prior to his newest assignment, Chief Padilla was the Chief Patrol Agent in the New Orleans Sector. Jeanne Ray-Condon, who was Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent, resumed her duties as the Division Chief for Operational Support.
“The men and women of Tucson Sector live and work in the communities we serve, and are deeply committed to our mission,” said Chief Hill. “Our goals continue to be increasing and sustaining the certainty of arrest of those who enter illegally while reducing smuggling and associated crimes in the state of Arizona.“
The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector has more than 3,700 employees including 3,300 agents who are responsible for patrolling 262 miles of international border with Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.