Mark Morgan, who recently served as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officially takes over Friday as acting commissioner and chief operating officer of Customs and Border Protection.
He succeeds John Sanders, who has served in this role at CBP since mid-April when Kevin McAleenan, the agency’s commissioner, was tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Homeland Security as acting secretary.
Sanders announced his resignation from CBP two weeks ago, with Friday scheduled as his last day.
Morgan became the acting director of ICE in May, and returns to CBP, for which he previously served as chief of U.S. Border Patrol. “I am confident he will bring the same commitment to the agency as it continues to navigate the current humanitarian and operational crisis,” McAleenan said in a statement last week, regarding Morgan's appointment to the CBP acting commissioner position.
There’s been no official word about any next career steps for Sanders.
Before joining the agency, he served as the Transportation Security Administration’s chief technology officer and led the development of TSA PreCheck.
In the private sector, Sanders was co-founder of Reveal Imaging Technologies, a screening technology provider that was later acquired by SAIC and has served on the boards of several companies that provide contraband detection, geospatial intelligence and data analytics solutions.