U.S. Border Patrol Names First Female Chief

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 3:45pm
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 9:31am
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Carla Provost takes questions from the media as the Border Patrol's new chief during a press conference on Aug. 9, 2018.

On Thursday, the U.S. Border Patrol named its first female chief in its 94-year history.

Carla Provost had been acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection since last April, so her appointment was no surprise. But it is notable, as only about 5 percent of the Border Patrol’s 20,000 agents are women.

The position is not subject to Senate confirmation.

Provost joined the agency in 1995 as an agent in Douglas. She worked in top management positions in El Paso, Texas, and El Centro, California, before transferring to headquarters in 2015. There, she oversaw programs and policies related to corruption, misconduct and mismanagement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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