THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Dover, Delaware) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 8, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RAYMOND W. KELLY AS COMMISSIONER OF THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS SERVICE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Raymond W. Kelly to serve as Commissioner of the United States Customs Service.
Mr. Raymond Kelly, of New York, New York, is currently the Under Secretary for Enforcement at the Treasury Department. He previously served as the New York City Police Commissioner after rising through the ranks where he served in every rank and held 25 commands. Mr. Kelly also served in Haiti as Director of the International Police Monitors of the Multinational Force helping to establish Haiti's interim public security force. In October 1997, Mr. Kelly was elected Vice President of the Americans for INTERPOL.
Mr. Kelly received his B.A. from Manhattan College, his master's degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and law degrees from St. John's University and New York University.
The Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service established policy and supervises all activities of its nearly 20,000 agents and inspectors. Founded in 1789, the Customs Service is the oldest, federal law enforcement agency and is responsible for ensuring that all imports and exports comply with U.S. laws and regulations.