Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03030343 (posted Mar. 3, 2003)"
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Border and Transportation Security
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2003
BCBP Interim Management Directors Named
Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, Asa
Hutchinson, and Commissioner of Customs, Robert C. Bonner, today announced the
appointment of interim Directors for Field Operations in the new Bureau of
Customs and Border Protection (BCBP). The appointments will become
effective when BCBP becomes operational on March 1.
The interim directors will work out of the current locations of the twenty
Customs Management Centers.
"This is the first, and most important step in a long process," said Under
Secretary Hutchinson. "As we implement our plans, we will fully integrate
the work of the agencies that now make up BCBP, and in doing so create a single
face of government at the border."
"On March 1, the newly reorganized border agencies will not only make America
safer, it will improve the cross-border process. These are our twin
goals," said Commissioner Bonner. "These twenty men and women are true
professionals who will see that these important twin goals are met."
The current U.S. Customs Commissioner, Robert C. Bonner, will serve as the
first Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
Commissioner Bonner will report to the Under Secretary for Border and
Transportation Security, Asa Hutchinson.
BCBP is one of three components in the Border and Transportation Security
Directorate. The new bureau will be responsible for enforcing customs and
immigration laws at and between the 307 ports of entry. Approximately
30,000 inspectors from the Customs Service, INS and the Plant Protection and
Quarantine (PPQ) bureau of Agriculture will now work together under the new
bureau. The Border Patrol, from INS, also joins BCBP to protect the
country between the ports of entry.
Interim port directors for the 307 ports of entry have also been named.
For information about the interim port directors in a specific locality, please
contact the local public affairs officers for that city or town.
Interim Directors of Field Operations
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Gomez
Baltimore, Maryland, Steven Knox
Massachusetts, Phillip Spayd
Buffalo, New York, Michael
Chicago, Illinois, Anne Lombardi
Detroit, Michigan, Kevin
El Paso, Texas, Luis Garcia
Houston, Texas, Robert
Laredo, Texas, Gurdit Dhillon
Los Angeles, California, John
Miami, Florida, Thomas Winkowski
New Orleans, Louisiana, James
New York, New York, Susan Mitchell
Portland, Oregon, James
San Diego, California, Adele Fasano
San Francisco, California, Thomas
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marcelino Borges
Tampa, Florida, Denise Crawford
Tucson, Arizona, Donna De La