HOUSTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership named a new director of Field Operations in Houston who will take the reins of an operation spanning from Tulsa, Okla. to Corpus Christi.
Judson W. Murdock II began his tour in the Senior Executive Service at the Houston Field Office April 29. He previously was the CBP Area Port Director in Dallas overseeing CBP operations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including several outer ports of entry and user fee airports.
"I look forward to continuing our partnerships between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as working with the trade and travel industry throughout the Houston Field Office area of responsibility" Murdock said.
As the Houston Director of Field Operations for CBP, Murdock will have oversight responsibility for the entry and exit of all international passengers, carriers and cargo in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Freeport, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Midland, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.
During his career, Murdock was a program manager at CBP Headquarters where he developed the NEXUS trusted traveler program. NEXUS was designed to streamline the border inspection process along the U.S. and Canada border for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
Murdock also served as the Assistant Port Director for Passenger Operations at the Port of Detroit from 2006 to 2008 and as Chief CBP Officer at the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr, Texas from 2003 to 2006. He began his career as a U.S. customs inspector in El Paso in 1996.
Murdock is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows program.
Murdock assumes the position from Houston Acting Director of Field Operations Lynn Fallik. Fallik was named to act in the position after Jeffrey O. Baldwin Sr. retired in December.
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.