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Chief, United States Border Patrol Rodney S. Scott

Chief Rodney S. Scott assumed command of the United States Border Patrol on February 2, 2020, becoming the 24th Chief since its establishment in May 28, 1924.

Chief, United States Border Patrol Rodney S. Scott
Chief, United States Border Patrol Rodney S. Scott

He oversees domestic border security operations outside the Ports of Entry along our nation’s borders, which includes more than 5,000 miles with Canada, nearly 2,000 miles with Mexico, hundreds of coastal miles and our territories in the Caribbean.  He proudly leads more than 20,000 Border Patrol Agents and Professional Staff across the country as they perform the homeland security mission.

Chief Scott began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on May 11, 1992, as a member of Academy Class 252.  His first assignment was to the Imperial Beach Station, San Diego Sector as a frontline field agent assuming various roles and responsibilities focused on intelligence and operations.  He promoted through the ranks and held numerous leadership positions at various Stations and Sectors along the southwest border such as Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, Field Operations Supervisor, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, and Patrol Agent in Charge.

In addition to his field assignments and midway through his 27-year career with the Border Patrol, Chief Scott took on several leadership and specialized assignments at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  In 2005, he served as an Assistant Chief within the Office of the Commissioner and served as the principal advisor to the Commissioner and other senior leaders on anti-terrorism matters.  He went on to promote as the Deputy Executive Director of the Office of Anti-terrorism and subsequently appointed as the Director of Incident Management and Operations Coordination Division.   

In 2012, Chief Scott achieved another milestone in his border security career and promoted into the Senior Executive Service ranks of the Federal Government as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector.  In 2016 Chief Scott was promoted to Chief Patrol Agent for San Diego Sector.   In 2017, he assumed command of the San Diego Sector as the Chief Patrol Agent.

Most recently in 2019, Chief Scott temporarily served as the Acting Deputy Chief before being named Chief of the United States Border Patrol in 2020.

Chief Scott’s professional mission statement is; “provide enthusiastic leadership that empowers those around me to excel”.  He is a strong advocate for leveraging innovation and technology to push intelligence and operational information in real time to empower decisions at the lowest level appropriate. 

Prior to his service in the Border Patrol, he worked as a commercial pilot and studied Aviation Management earning his Commercial Pilot Certificate from Cochise College.  He also graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute and the Naval Post Graduate School Executive Leaders program.  Chief Scott and his wife, Tandee, have two daughters who proudly support his service to the United States of America.

Last modified: 
August 5, 2020