Homeland Security rises on Peninsula: Big building, property sought in Port Angeles-Sequim area

PORT ANGELES – The federal government is seeking space for an expanded local Customs and Border Protection office that will grow from five employees to a possible 50.

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking a five-year lease for up to 12,000 square feet of existing office space or up to eight acres of undeveloped property, with 50 on-site parking spots, in the Port Angeles or Sequim areas, according to a classified ad in Friday’s issue of the Peninsula Daily News.

“We’ll see some substantial growth up here,” said Joseph Giuliano, deputy chief of the Blaine Sector of the Border Patrol, which includes Clallam County, on Friday.

“The growth in the number of agents here is not based on any specific threat or vulnerability or deficiency,” he said.

“It’s just a proportionate overall growth within the border patrol.”

Giuliano also said that the number of 50 employees “is the top end capacity. It could change depending upon national priorities.”

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