EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha was formally sworn into office this morning during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony.
Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries gathered as Mr. Mancha recited the oath of office during a ceremony at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater.
“I’m humbled and honored with my appointment as the El Paso Port Director,” said Mancha. “It’s exciting for me to join a team of hundreds of dedicated men and woman who relentlessly work day in and day out in ensuring the safety of our community and this great nation of ours.”
As the El Paso Port Director, Mr. Mancha will direct operations and enforcement activities at the four international crossings in El Paso (Paso Del Norte, Stanton, Bridge of the Americas, and Ysleta) as well as CBP airport operations at El Paso. He will oversee hundreds of employees at these locations including CBP officers, Agriculture Specialist, Canine Enforcement Officers, Import Specialist and other personnel working in many other areas.
Mr. Mancha will work to ensure that the agency’s primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States is accomplished on a daily basis.
Mr. Mancha has worked with U. S. Customs & Border Protection since December 1991.
Although today marked the formal change of command at CBP’s El Paso Port of Entry, Mr. Mancha reported to and occupied his new post in late April. Ms. Mancha replaces William “Bill” Molaski, who was the El Paso Port Director since January 2009. Mr. Molaski is now the director of the CBP Canine Training Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.