Acting chief assigned to Big Bend sector

MARFA — Chris T. Clem has been named the acting chief patrol agent for the Big Bend Sector as of July 19. He arrived to the sector after serving as the deputy chief patrol agent in El Paso Sector. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing U.S. Border Patrol administration and operations throughout the Big Bend Sector area, covering 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca to Sanderson.

Clem has served in a variety of U.S. Border Patrol leadership positions, including deputy chief patrol agent of both the El Paso and New Orleans sectors and associate chief at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C. While assigned to headquarters, he was the acting deputy chief of operational programs and the acting deputy chief of operations, where he led several secretary and commissioner-driven initiatives. As an associate chief, he oversaw the east/central corridor and the Specialty Programs and Planning Division. He was the assistant chief patrol agent of training and traumatic incident management and acting division chief for mission readiness in the Tucson Sector.

In addition to the positions identified above, Clem has also served as the patrol agent in charge of four Border Patrol stations: the Casa Grande, Arizona station; the Ysleta, Texas station; and the Truth or Consequences and Albuquerque, New Mexico Border Patrol stations. He brings to his position the leadership, knowledge and experience gained from 25 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Border Patrol.

The new acting chief patrol agent began his career in 1995 with the U.S. Border Patrol in Lordsburg, New Mexico. In 1999, he was promoted to senior patrol agent in Sierra Blanca, Texas, and in 2002, he returned to Lordsburg, New Mexico, as a supervisory border patrol agent and then field operations supervisor. He has held several collateral duty positions, including canine handler, intelligence officer and firearms instructor.

Clem is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up most of his life in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a Master of Science in leadership and management. He was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in March 2018.