Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the selection of Patrick Wilson as Area Port Director for the Sault Ste. Marie port of entry.
Director Wilson previously served as Assistant Port Director for passenger operations for CBP in Sault Ste. Marie and oversaw immigration policy, enforcement and CBP's trusted traveler programs. Current Port Director Devin Chamberlain will take over as Area Port Director at the Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, assuming responsibility for CBP passenger and air cargo operations for Detroit Metro, Lansing and Grand Rapids airports. Port Director Chamberlain played an instrumental role in the successful transition to CBP upon the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and led the efforts to construct a new port facility.
Patrick Wilson is a native of the Sault Ste. Marie area and is a devoted member of the community. After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1995 he continued his work with the federal government serving with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Wilson rose rapidly through the ranks after the creation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to become supervisor, chief, assistant port director and now port dDirector.
"I look forward to the challenges ahead, leading the professional staff of CBP employees and maintaining the relationships we have with the local community. I will continue the high standards set by Mr. Chamberlain and ensure the accomplishment of CBP's mission of preventing terrorist and their weapons from entering the U.S. while facilitating legitimate trade and travel." stated Wilson. "I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with in a finer community." Wilson assumed his post on May 6.
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.