Mark Morgan, who currently serves as the Assistant Director of the FBI, was named the new chief of the US Border Patrol.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, said: “Mark’s appointment comes at a very significant time for the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The important role that CBP has in securing our border and protecting civil rights and civil liberties is evidenced every day in the actions of our personnel. He will be in a key leadership position responsible for more than 21,000 Border Patrol agents and personnel.”

Morgan replaces Michael Fisher, who retired in 2015.

As chief, Morgan will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of the US Border Patrol, which includes controlling and protecting the nation’s borders and official points of entry. Morgan will assist in planning and directing nationwide enforcement administrative operations and report to the Commissioner of CBP.

Morgan, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, brings decades of experience in the military and law enforcement related to border security and anti-terrorism operations to his new position.

Outside of the FBI, Morgan has served as the deputy sheriff in Platte County, Missouri and as an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. Morgan was an active¬-duty member and reservist in the US Marine Corps.