Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jack P. Staton is a retired federal senior executive with 27 years of law enforcement, border security, emergency management and criminal intelligence experience. Mr. Staton served as the last Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Joint Taskforce West from December 2019 to January 2021. In his capacity as deputy director, he was responsible for ensuring the taskforce’s mission of coordinating and facilitating integrated and prioritized cross-component operations along the United States Southwest Border.
During his career, Mr. Staton served as the Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation’s El Paso Office and as the acting Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigation’s Philadelphia and New Orleans Offices. While in those positions, he managed HSI's complex federal law enforcement investigative programs related to national security and smuggling violations, including counter-proliferation, financial crimes, commercial fraud, human trafficking, human smuggling, narcotics smuggling, transnational gangs, cyber-crimes, child exploitation, worksite enforcement and document and benefit fraud.
Mr. Staton served in numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters leadership positions throughout his career including as an Executive Deputy Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director, and Unit Chief. While serving as the Executive Deputy Assistant Director of Homeland Security Investigation’s Office of Intelligence, Mr. Staton was responsible for the development and implementation of policy, guidance, and training for 800 intelligence professionals supporting over 6,000 special agents in 210 locations worldwide. Mr. Staton oversaw agency wide secure data communications connectivity and providing the agency with continuity of operations, emergency response, and crisis management plans.
Mr. Staton also served as a Deputy Assistant Director at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). The IPR Center is comprised of 23 key federal and international agencies in a task force setting using a three-pronged approach to combat intellectual property and trade crime through interdiction, investigation, and outreach to the public and law enforcement. Mr. Staton was responsible for ensuring HSIs participation and coordination with the unified U.S. government response to the growing threat of counterfeiting. Mr. Staton oversaw HSI’s commercial fraud programs through the Intellectual Property Unit and Commercial Fraud Unit.
Mr. Staton began his career with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1995. During his eight years with the INS, he served as a Border Patrol Agent, Senior Patrol Agent, Special Agent and District Intelligence Officer in Texas, California, and Arizona.