TUCSON, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the appointment of Manuel Padilla Jr., as the new chief patrol agent of the Tucson sector. Chief Padilla brings more than 26 years of experience to the position, including his selection as Tucson sector's deputy chief patrol agent in November 2011 and acting chief patrol agent since October of 2012. Chief Padilla replaces Chief Richard A. Barlow, who accepted a position at CBP Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as chief of strategic planning, policy, and analysis division.
"It is my honor to serve as chief of the Tucson sector Border Patrol with such an outstanding group of individuals," said Chief Padilla. "The Tucson sector remains committed to serving the communities and its stakeholders within our area. Our agents are dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure border environment."
Chief Padilla began his Border Patrol career in August of 1986. His first duty assignment was at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol station in the Big Bend sector, known then as the Marfa sector. He became a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) in August 1990, eventually providing instruction on tactical procedures to police forces in Bolivia, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Before coming to Tucson, Chief Padilla served as the chief patrol agent for the New Orleans sector. Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Chief Padilla served in the U.S. Army for two years.
Chief Padilla has oversight of the Tucson sector's more than 4,500 employees who secure 262 miles of international border extending from the New Mexico State line to the Yuma County line.
Chief Padilla is a native of southern Arizona and is honored to serve the state in this capacity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.