WASHINGTON — Scott Luck, a New York native and 32-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, was named the agency’s deputy chief Monday.
Luck served as the acting deputy chief since April 2017 while maintaining the role of chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the Border Patrol Headquarters in D.C., a position he held since 2014.
“I am deeply honored for the privilege to serve as deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, and I look forward to supporting the hard working men and women who protect our country,” he said.
Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost made the official announcement just two weeks after Provost’s appointment as the first female head of the Border Patrol.
Luck began official duty May 19, 1986, as a member of Border Patrol Academy Class 195. His first assignment as an agent was at the Douglas Station in the Tucson Sector where he moved up the ranks, ultimately attaining the position of field operations supervisor. In 2000, he was promoted to assistant patrol agent in charge of the Santa Teresa Station in the El Paso Sector.
Luck advanced to assistant chief patrol agent at the Border Patrol Academy in 2003, where he was subsequently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent and finally to chief patrol agent in 2008. During his tenure as academy chief, he was instrumental in training 6,000 new agents in a two-year period and he developed and implemented the second Pre-employment Fitness Test for all prospective agents, considerably reducing attrition at the academy.
In 2011, Luck joined the Senior Executive Service and assumed command of the El Paso Border Patrol Sector as chief patrol agent.
Luck holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a 2012 graduate of the National Defense University Capstone and a 2015 graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
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.