West Carthage Native Named To Head Federal AgencyPosted: Updated:
A West Carthage native is now acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
President Donald Trump named Thomas Homan to the post Monday.
He heads the Homeland Security agency that identifies, detains, arrests and deports immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Homan is no stranger to ICC.
He has served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations since 2013.
"My plans to retire were put on hold and I did so because I chose to serve my country once again," said Homan.
Homan has been in the immigration enforcement business for nearly 30 years.
He has climbed the ranks from Border Patrol to Homeland Security to ICE.
But he got his start right here in the north country, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a police officer at the West Carthage Police Department.
"He was determined then. We knew back then he wanted to be in some sort of law enforcement," said Scott Gray, a childhood friend.
Homan grew up in West Carthage and graduated from Carthage High School in 1979.
He went on to attend Jefferson Community College and Utica-Rome State College of Technology.
He earned degrees in criminal justice and police science before starting at the police department.
"He was smart. I figured he could go places if he wanted to," said Don Genter, former West Carthage police chief.
"That was Tom's determination. Here's a guy that went from growing up - we're all kids, you know, doing the kids stuff outside - to a village police officer to now he's the director of ICE," said Gray.
Homan was awarded the Presidential Rank Award in 2015 for his leadership and accomplishments in the area of immigration enforcement.