PRESIDIO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Presidio Port Director John Deputy was sworn into office June 19 during a formal change of command ceremony. Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries attended the event at the Presidio Activity Center.
The ceremony included the CBP Honor Guard posting the colors, the national anthem and remarks from El Paso Director of Field Operations David Higgerson. The ceremony also included the passing of the El Paso Field Office guidon from the acting port director to DFO Higgerson and then to Mr. Deputy. After accepting the guidon Mr. Deputy was administered the CBP oath of office by DFO Higgerson. The new Port Director then addressed the audience. The event concluded with refreshments including a specially decorated cake to commemorate the day.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Presidio port director,” said CBP Presidio Port Director John Deputy. “This port of entry plays an important role in securing the nation as well as maintaining the free flow of legitimate trade and travel.”
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as a way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission. Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation’s borders. The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.
As the Presidio Port Director, Mr. Deputy will direct operations and enforcement activities at the Presidio port of entry as well as provide oversight on the Boquillas international crossing located at the Big Bend National Park. He will oversee CBP employees at these locations including CBP officers, Agriculture Specialists, Canine Enforcement Officers, and other personnel working in other disciplines.
Mr. Deputy will work to ensure that the agency’s primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States is accomplished on a daily basis. Mr. Deputy is also responsible for all immigration issues related to the admission and exclusion of people applying for entry into the United States. He also is responsible for customs and agriculture inspections at the ports of entry to ensure that all goods and people entering the United States do so in accordance with our laws and regulations, while ensuring that they are facilitated in their processing to support the global market place and the international tourism industries.
After earning a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Indiana Mr. Deputy began his law enforcement career on September 9, 1991 with the then U.S. Customs Service in Brownsville, Texas. During his time as an inspector, he worked in both the passenger and trade environments.
In 2000, he was promoted to supervisor where he worked in the passenger environment and for several years worked on the administrative side dealing with budget, staffing, schedules, and personnel. After being promoted to Chief CBP Officer in 2006, Mr. Deputy served in both the trade and passenger environments.
From April 2007 to April 2008, Mr. Deputy was temporarily assigned to CBP headquarters in support of the Secure Border Initiative. During his assignment, he led mission engineering efforts for projects in Yuma and Detroit. He also served as the Office of Field Operations liaison to an effort to combine the output of the various assets and technologies of the various parts of CBP into one common operating picture that could be utilized by senior leadership to make command decisions.
In August of 2012, Mr. Deputy was permanently assigned the Office of Field Operations Headquarters as a Field Liaison desk officer. In this position, he was responsible for working closely with the various field offices to provide situational awareness to senior management and to brief the Assistant Commissioner.
On April 20, 2014, Mr. Deputy assumed his current assignment as Port Director for the Presidio Port of Entry.