The Blaine sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service has hired a new commander.
Dan M. Harris, Jr. officially took over the position of chief patrol agent on June 10. The change of command ceremony was held at the CBP’s Bellingham Air Branch hanger.
“I am humbled and honored to accept the important responsibilities of this position and lead the men and women of the Blaine sector,” Harris said at the ceremony. “We will protect the border, our country and our communities.”
Interim chief Henry Rolon has overseen the Blaine sector since August of 2013, when the previous chief, John C. Bates, was removed from office and transferred. The reason for Bates’ transfer was not disclosed, but Michael Cox, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told The Northern Light in August that transfers like this were fairly common and he did not suspect any wrongdoing. Rolon will be staying on with the Blaine sector as the deputy chief patrol agent.
Originally from San Angelo, Texas, Harris is a sixth-generation law enforcement officer. He has been with the U.S. Border Patrol since 1995, previously manning a station in El Paso, Texas. He’s worked as assistant chief at the Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Prior to taking over the Blaine sector, Harris was the deputy chief patrol agent for the Grand Forks sector, covering North Dakota and Minnesota.
The Blaine sector of the U.S. Border Patrol covers a wide area in the Pacific Northwest, providing law enforcement support for Alaska, Oregon and the western half of Washington state.