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Tucson Border Patrol gets new chief

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Tucson Border Patrol gets new chief

  • Paul A. Beeson is the new chief patrol agent of the Tucson Sector.
    CBPPaul A. Beeson is the new chief patrol agent of the Tucson Sector.

Paul A. Beeson is the new chief patrol agent for the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, the agency announced Monday. 

Beeson replaces Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr., who left in November to take the chief position in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. 

Beeson has been with the U.S. Border Patrol since 1985 and has served as the chief patrol agent in two other sectors. Beginning in July 2007, Beeson served as the chief of the Yuma Sector until 2010, when he transferred to the San Diego Sector to serve as chief there, the agency said in a news release. 

In December 2014, Beeson returned to Arizona to serve as commander of the Arizona corridor of Joint Task Force West. 

The task force was created earlier that year by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as part of the "Southern Border and Approaches Campaign," a reorganization effort designed to stem the influx of unaccompanied minors and families in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Beeson will retain his position with the Joint Task Force and serve as sector chief, the agency said. 

"Arizona presents a unique challenge," Beeson said in the release. "Countering the illicit activities of entrenched trafficking organizations requires an innovative, multi-faceted and collaborative approach. As long as this element exists, we will continue to evolve in order to efficiently and effectively disrupt and degrade their ability to operate," he said. 

Beeson holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Dallas Baptist University and completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the agency said. 

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