Santa Teresa port director Fernando Thome being sworn into office.
Wednesday morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Santa Teresa Port Director Fernando A. Thome was sworn into office during a formal change of command ceremony.
“This is a great honor to represent CBP and the port of Santa Teresa as the new Port Director,” said Fernando Thome, CBP Santa Teresa Port Director. “The agency has entrusted me with a huge responsibility and I look forward to working with the local Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo community and with our fellow law enforcement agencies in southern New Mexico.”
Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries were in attendance, as Mr. Thome recites the oath of office and formally assumed command of the Santa Teresa port of entry.
As the Port Director, Mr. Thome will direct operations and enforcement activities and provide management and administrative oversight of CBP officers, Agriculture Specialists, and Canine Enforcement Officers working with the area port operations. Mr. Thome provides guidance to the areas under his leadership through policy implementation and quality management.
“I am proud to represent all the dedicated officers assigned to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. I am confident our officers will meet the challenge and continue protecting our nation,” said Thome. “I am happy I was able to share this day with my family, friends and fellow officers.”
Mr. Thome began his career with the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in 2003 as a CBP Officer assigned to the Port of El Paso. He has worked in various leadership roles during his tenure, to include: Supervisory CBP Officer, the Port of El Paso’s Administrative Chief, Acting Port Director for the Albuquerque Port of Entry, Chief assigned to the El Paso Field Office, the El Paso Field Office’s Border Security Coordinator and most recently, the Acting Port Director – Santa Teresa.
In addition to Mr. Thome’s operational positions, he has also performed details to OFO Headquarters.
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as a way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission.
“Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation’s borders,” CBP officials shared.
“The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.”