Rodney S. Scott, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol with ties to the local area, has been selected as the agency’s new chief.

Scott’s selection was announced on Friday by Mark A. Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who said in a news release that Scott “brings an exceptional depth and breadth of experience and knowledge about the border security mission and a commitment to service to the nation and the Border Patrol workforce.”

Scott, who had most recently served as chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, replaces retiring Chief Carla Provost.

A CBP news release announcing Scott’s appointment to lead the San Diego Sector in 2017 said that he was born in Indiana and raised in Nogales. KQED, an NPR-member radio station in California, reported in 2018 that Scott moved to Nogales when he was 16.

According to The Associated Press, Scott said his father commuted to work at a factory in Nogales, Sonora.

Scott joined the Border Patrol in 1992 and his first assignment was at the Imperial Beach Station in San Diego. He later served as chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector, in a number of leadership positions in the San Diego Sector, as assistant chief at CBP’s Office of Anti-Terrorism in Washington, D.C., and as director/division chief for the Incident Management and Operations Coordination Division at CBP Headquarters.

Friday's announcement did not mention any assignments in Arizona, though in a declaration given in a federal court in California in 2018, Scott said he was promoted in 2012 to field operations supervisor at the Nogales Station, “where I became involved in national level policy development, specifically for traffic checkpoint operations.”

Scott appeared in two Nogales International articles published in late 2002 and early 2003 in which he was cited as the Border Patrol’s community relations/public information officer.

“Chief Scott is the absolute embodiment of the U.S. Border Patrol’s motto, ‘Honor First,’ and I am confident that under his leadership, the men and women of the Border Patrol will be well served, the laws of this nation will be enforced, and our borders will be secured,” Morgan said.

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