Carla Provost with the name Border Patrol’s first female chief

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chef in its 94-year history.

Carla Provost served as acting chief since April of 2017, so her appointment Thursday by the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was no surprise. The position is not subject to Senate confirmation.

Only about 5 percent of the Border Patrol of the nearly 20,000 agents are women. Provost says that women who have climbed through the ranks to send a signal and that, while she is the first female chef, they will not be the last.

Provoost is a member of the Border Patrol in 1995 as an agent in Douglas, Arizona. She worked in top management positions in El Paso, Texas, and El Centro, California, before the move to the headquarters in 2015, where she focused on efforts to clamp down on corruption, misconduct and mismanagement.

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