March 7, 2014 1:00 PM, EST

Senate Confirms Customs and Border Protection Chief

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously March 6 to confirm Gil Kerlikowske to lead Customs and Border Protection, the agency within the Homeland Security Department that is responsible for border security.

Kerlikowske has led the Office of National Drug Control Policy since 2009 and was Seattle’s police chief for eight years before that, the Associated Press reported.

Kerlikowske will become the first commissioner of CBP since Alan Bersin stepped down in 2011, and the first Senate-confirmed commissioner since 2009.

A Homeland Security spokesman told AP it is unclear when Kerlikowske will start his job at CBP.