Carla Provost

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Carla Provost
Carla Provost official photo.jpg
Chief of the United States Border Patrol
Assumed office
April 25, 2017
Acting: April 25, 2017 – August 9, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRonald Vitiello
Personal details
Born1969/1970 (age 48–49)
Burlingame, Kansas, U.S.
Children1
EducationKansas State University (BS)
National Defense University (MS)

Carla Provost (born c. 1970) is an American government official who currently serves as the chief of the United States Border Patrol, since August 9, 2018.[1] She is the first female chief for the Border Patrol.[2] Previously, from April 2017 until her promotion in August 2018, Provost served as the acting chief of Border Patrol.[3][4][5] Provost was previously deputy assistant commissioner.[3] She is the first woman to head the USBP.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Carla L. Provost was born in Burlingame, Kansas. Her father, Max, worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, which became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Her mother, Faye, was a paralegal for a law firm before passing away from Alzheimer’s disease.[6]

Provost graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in sociology and criminal justice; and obtained a M.S. in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.[7]

Career[edit]

Provost was formerly a police officer in Riley County, Kansas.[8] Provost joined the Border Patrol in 1995, when the 5,000 member force was 5% female.[8] After starting in Douglas, Arizona, she served as a supervisor in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.[8]

In January 2013, she was given control of operations for the Border Patrol's El Centro Sector.[8] In September 2015, she was tasked with investigating corrupt agents, becoming deputy assistant commissioner of the Patrol's Office of Professional Responsibility.[8]

In January 2017, President Donald Trump, who had been endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council (the Border Patrol labor union), asked for the resignation of Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan, whom the labor union had opposed.[8] Trump then named Ron Vitiello chief.[8] In April 2017, Provost was named acting chief after Vitello was named acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.[8] Provost's promotion was supported by the labor union.[8]

In July 2019, an investigation was launched into "disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees". Provost said that the "posts are completely inappropriate" and vowed to hold the employees responsible accountable.[9] It was later revealed that Provost herself was once a member of the group, having posted in it in November 2018.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Provost has one child, a daughter named Haley.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carla L. Provost Named Chief of the US Border Patrol - U.S. Customs and Border Protection". www.cbp.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Carla Provost officially named first female chief of Border Patrol". Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Border Patrol Chief Selects Carla Provost as Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol | U.S. Customs and Border Protection". Cbp.gov. October 26, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b The Associated Press (April 26, 2017). "Border Patrol names Carla Provost acting chief". Usatoday.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Border Patrol names Carla Provost acting chief". Fox News. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Chief Carla L. Provost Profile U.S. Customs and Border Protection. August 9, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2019
  7. ^ "Carla L. Provost Named Chief of the US Border Patrol - U.S. Customs and Border Protection". www.cbp.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nixon, Ron (July 28, 2017). "Woman in Charge at Border Patrol Hopes to See More in Ranks". The New York Times. p. A12. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Silverstein, Jason (July 1, 2019). "Customs and Border Protection investigating secret Facebook page where agents allegedly mocked migrant deaths". NBC News. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (July 12, 2019). "Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost was a member of secret Facebook group". Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Chief Carla L. Provost Profile U.S. Customs and Border Protection. August 9, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2019

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