On August 1, 2013, President Obama nominated R. Gil Kerlikowske to serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. On March 6, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed as the first permanent commissioner for the agency that oversees both customs and immigration officers at the country's ports of entry and the Border Patrol since before Obama took office in 2009.
"We must work hard to protect our future by doing well in the present moment. This includes addressing everything from youth violence and substance abuse issues."
After Jim Smith’s best friend and fellow Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff, Matt Herzog, died in the line of duty on September 13, 2001, in the shadow of 9/11, Jim left his career in law enforcement in 2002 to pursue a career in labor law, representing public safety union members and public agencies. In 2011, after seeing the critical need for crisis intervention amongst public safety professionals and their families, and realizing his own lingering warning signs of cumulative stress a decade after his career in law enforcement, Jim met Sean Riley and began proudly serving on the Advisory/Operations Board of Safe Call Now, moving to a position of Vice-President & Legal Counsel until 2014. Jim earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Western Washington University in 1996. He earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law in 2005, graduating summa cum laude and valedictorian, and is admitted to practice law in both Washington State and California. Jim currently works for The Boeing Company as a Corporate Investigations Senior Manager within Ethics and Business Conduct. He is married, has two daughters, and is a deacon in his local church.
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Chief Carlos Echevarria began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Tulalip Tribal Police Services. Chief Echevarria has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Detective, Sergeant, Patrol Commander, and Deputy Chief and is a recent FBINAA graduate.Chief Echevarria is an Advisory Committee Member for the Community Erasing Drug Abuse on the Reservation (CEDAR) Group as well as an Advisory Committee Member for the Tulalip Tribal Aftercare Program. Chief Echevarria is also a certified tribal, state and federal law enforcement officer.
Chief Muldoon began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department in August of 1976. He has worked in all sections of the agency and has served on the senior staff of the department since 1983. On March 17, 2011, he was sworn in as the Police Chief for Palm Bay Police Department, the first internal person to be selected in over 36 years to hold his position. He has a BA Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the 153rd session of the FBI National Academy.