Paul A. Beeson assumed the duties as Director of Joint Task Force – West (JTF-W) of DHS’ Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan (SBACP) on Dec. 15, 2016.
Previously Director Beeson was the Commander of the Joint Task Force – West, Arizona (JTF-W Arizona) and Chief of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. As JTF-W Arizona Commander, Director Beeson was responsible for implementing higher level strategic guidance from the Joint Task Force – West and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through command, control and coordination of CBP operational functions within the state of Arizona.
Besides JTF-W Arizona roles and responsibilities, Director Beeson oversaw Tucson Sector encompassing the tactical and strategic operation of eight stations and about 4,200 personnel who secure 262 linear miles of border. With an increase in infrastructure, officer corps numbers, and force multiplier technologies, the Tucson Sector lead the nation in drug seizures and has realized marked success in reduced flow of illegal entries and apprehensions.
Director Beeson entered on duty Feb. 25, 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol as a member of Class 174. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol Agent was at the Laredo South Station. In July 1988, he transferred to the Dallas Station. Throughout his career, Director Beeson has served in various leadership positions, starting with his promotion to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in February 1992 at the Border Patrol Academy. In November 1995, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at the Border Patrol Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.
In June 1997, he transferred to the Central Regional Office of Border Patrol as a Deputy Assistant Regional Director until February 2001, when he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, El Paso Sector. While in El Paso, he took an assignment to the Border and Transportation Security Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC serving as the Border Patrol's principal liaison. He returned to El Paso in November 2005 and was promoted to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector. In July 2007, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as Chief Patrol Agent, Yuma Sector, where he served until November 2010, when he transferred to assume command of the San Diego Sector as Chief Patrol Agent. In December 2014, he transitioned to the JTF-W Arizona.
Director Beeson holds a bachelor's degree in business studies from Dallas Baptist University. He is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations and completed the National Defense University CAPSTONE program in 2011.
Paul A. Beeson is a native of California. He and his wife, Cindy, have one daughter and will make their home in San Antonio, Texas.