U.S. Border Patrol Names First Female Deputy Chief in its 92-Year History

Carla Provost was recently named as the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol by U.S. Border Patrol Chief, Mark Morgan. Provost said she was extremely honored to be named to the position despite never deliberately aiming for it. “I’ve just focused on doing the best job in the position I’m in, and not looking at the next one,” she said. The former Deputy Assistant Commissioner will now be the chief operating officer for more than 23,000 U.S. Border Patrol employees. Her duties will include being in charge of daily operations, outlining and conducting enforcement initiatives across the nation and confirming mission readiness.

The promotion gives Provost the highest ranking position ever held by a female in the Border Patrol during its 92-year history. Only five females have been named Sector Chiefs in the entire history of the Border Patrol. These achievements are even more remarkable considering only five percent of Border Patrol agents are female. The first female border patrol agent was Christina Gee who was a 1975 graduate from the academy.

“Because there are so few of us, female agents always stand out,” Provost said. “I never saw myself as a ‘female agent,’ I just saw myself as a Border Patrol agent,” she added.

Provost has a long list of accomplishments which brought her to her newly acclaimed position as Deputy Chief. While stationed in Douglas, Arizona Provost was an instructor for firearms training, bike patrol and post-academy law. She also she worked in human resources, managed sector budgets and led the efforts for the Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance Directorate which was in charge of developing policies regarding use of force in Customs and Border Protection.

Provost said she will focus on all of her employees, men and women, to ensure they have the skills and tools to do their jobs and that they get home safe every night.