Randy R. Hill entered on duty as the Chief of the Border Patrol?s Tucson Sector on Monday. Chief Hill brings more than 32 years of experience to the role, including most recently serving as the Chief of El Paso Sector, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
?The Arizona/Sonora corridor is critical in our ongoing efforts to securing our nation?s border,? said Chief Hill. ?With the unprecedented resources that have been implemented across the southwest border in recent years, we?ve seen the criminal element resort to more desperate measures in their efforts to smuggle people, narcotics and other contraband into the U.S, as we?ve tragically witnessed by the murder of Agent Brian Terry last week. We are committed to addressing this threat and working closely with community leaders and state, local, tribal and federal partners to secure our border, preserve our way of life, and honor Agent Terry and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.?
Earlier this month, the chief of the Border Patrol?s Tucson Sector was reassigned to El Paso less than a year after he took the post, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star.
Victor Manjarrez Jr., a Tucson native, became the Tucson Sector chief in February. Manjarrez Jr. was the El Paso Sector chief before taking the Tucson job.
The president of the agents? union in Arizona told the Arizona Daily Star Manjarrez was being reassigned to the agency?s El Paso Sector due to family issues. Prior to coming to Tucson, Manjarrez was the El Paso Sector chief and his family is still there, said Brandon Judd, president of the Border Patrol agents’ union in Arizona, Local 2544.
An announcement has not been made on what job Manjarrez will have in the El Paso Sector.
The Border Patrol?s Tucson Sector has more than 3,700 employees including 3,300 agents who are responsible for patrolling 262 miles of international border with Mexico.