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Yuma Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Eric Odden Announces Retirement

Release Date: 
October 5, 2015

YUMA, Ariz.–Yuma Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Eric Odden will conclude an illustrious career with the U.S. Border Patrol spanning over 28 years when he officially retires Oct. 31, 2015.

The deputy chief entered on duty with the Border Patrol in June 1987 as part of Class 208 of the Border Patrol academy. His first duty assignment was at Douglas Station in Tucson Sector. He transferred to Tucson Station in August 1988, and in August of 1996, he was promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at Tucson Station.

Photo-Yuma Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Eric Odden

Yuma Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Eric Odden

He was promoted to field operations supervisor in November 2003 and transferred to Casa Grande Station.  In December 2005, he was selected as the Patrol Agent in Charge of Douglas Station, and in January 2010, he was promoted to an Associate Chief in the Operations Division at Headquarters, U.S. Border Patrol in Washington D.C. where he led the Planning and Coordination Section.

In May 2011, he was selected as the Acting Director for State, Local and Tribal Liaison (SLT) within U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of the Commissioner.  In that capacity he leveraged strategic partnerships with other government and law enforcement entities which created a unified approach in improving border security and facilitated legitimate trade and travel that ultimately increased CBP's effectiveness.

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Odden returned to Yuma Border Patrol Sector in May 2012, having briefly served here as Acting Deputy Chief earlier in the year.
Throughout his 28 year career, Deputy Chief Odden has held a variety of collateral duties, to include canine handler and coordinator, and Commander of the Honor Guard, Peer Support and Chaplaincy Programs for Tucson Sector. 
He has successfully completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations training, both as a student and a certified instructor. 

Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Deputy Chief Odden was a graduate of Montana Law Enforcement Academy and was a Deputy Sheriff for Toole County Sheriff's Department in Northern Montana. 

Deputy Chief Odden is a native of Pontiac, Michigan but grew up in the small town of Shelby, Montana. He and his wife, Lois, have two children and three grandchildren.

Following his retirement, Deputy Chief Odden and his family will remain in the Yuma area.

The retiring deputy chief has accepted a position with Arizona Western College.  The advisory, administrative role will involve him in course development at the college.  His principal efforts will be directed at the formulation of an advanced course curriculum for public safety entities in the Yuma area.  The goal of the new offerings will be opening inroads for heightened training and education of law enforcement personnel at varying levels.

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February 9, 2017