IMPERIAL, Calif. — This Thursday, September 15, 2016 will mark a bittersweet milestone in Imperial Valley native Roy Villareal’s illustrious 28 year law enforcement career as he concludes his tour as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent at the El Centro Sector.
He has served as Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector for the past nine years and at times also the Acting Chief Patrol Agent. Raised in El Centro, he graduated from Central Union High School in 1988 and joined the Border Patrol shortly after graduation.
During his 28 years with the U.S. Border Patrol, he has served in San Diego, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Yuma and El Centro.
While working in the U.S. Border Patrol, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations.
In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of assistant chief at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C. He went on to become Assistant Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector and in 2007, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.
He will take over as the new Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol next week.
When asked about his tour in El Centro, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said, “Coming home and being able to serve the Imperial Valley has been a highlight in my career. The Imperial Valley is a unique and wonderful location. I will look fondly upon my time here.”