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PA-Gov: Wolf Names Marcus Brown Director of Homeland Security

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Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Col. Marcus Brown will be his Director of Homeland Security.

“The commonwealth must take every step necessary to protect its citizens from terrorist threats, and I am confident that Col. Brown’s leadership and experience will be an asset to the commonwealth in this role,” said Governor Wolf. “Under Col. Brown’s leadership, Maryland made huge advances in homeland security and the Maryland Fusion Center (MCAC) became a national model and received a perfect rating from the Department of Homeland Security, BWI Airport was designated by the Transportation Security Administration as a national model, and the Port of Baltimore received an outstanding security rating from the United States Coast Guard. Col. Brown has proven himself as a dynamic leader in all aspects of law enforcement and I look forward to working with him in his new role as director of the Office of Homeland Security.”

The Governor originally wanted Brown to be his Police Commissioner but his nomination ran into trouble when critics pounced on him for never wearing the uniform. Wolf tried to recall his nomination after it became clear the State Senate wouldn’t approve him but the body voted it down anyway.

In response (or retaliation), Wolf had Brown stay as Acting Commissioner until the announcement this week of a new nominee.

Now, Brown will serve in an executive position (created in 2012) and the State Senate will have no say in the matter.

The Governor’s office described the Homeland Security Director’s duties as follows:

  • Secure the commonwealth from acts of terrorism.
  • Reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and key resources to terrorist attacks.
  • Partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal, state, and local agencies in matters related to homeland security.
  • Work with the Primary State Fusion Center to develop the process of information fusion for the gathering, processing, analyzing, and disseminating of information related to homeland security.
  • Cooperate with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in matters relating to emergency management planning, preparedness, and response.
  • Participate, in concert with the private sector and other federal, state, and local agencies, in a coordinated effort to prepare for, prevent, respond, and recover from acts of terrorism.

Brown will assume the office on Monday, August 17th.

6 Responses

  1. Attempting to research this gentleman’s qualifications..interested in why he is always referred to as colonel?

  2. He had a very anti 2nd amendment rep in MD, where the thumb their nose at the constitution and supreme court on this issue. His integrity problems (that’s plural) during his senate hearings made it easy for him to lose the trust of conservative members.

  3. Michael, he did not attend the Maryland State Police Academy, but he did attend the police academies of San Jose and Baltimore. More important, he walked a beat in the Baltimore war zone for years, which seems to be better experience than 6 months in Hershey. The PA State Police came off looking petty and childish. He seems like a good guy, so I’m glad he found a job. Also, I am not fond of Wolf’s policies either (though Wolf himself seems like a nice guy).

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Brown went to the Maryland Police Academy but not the Pennsylvania Police Academy and that was the issue?. Some stories make it sound like the guy never wore a police uniform and didn”t have training and experiance. Stupid and nit picky I think. Bye the way I don’t even like Wolf, the guy wants to tax tax tax.

  5. I see it slightly differently than Aaron does. Brown came here from Maryland. He needs a job. He is obviously qualified to lead the SIX-PERSON Homeland Security department that is tucked within the state police. I do think that it might be awkward for him, working so closely with the agency he wasn’t deemed fit to lead. But the political/governmental realities are that if Wolf doesn’t get him a job, future governors, Republican or Democrat, will have difficulty persuading outstanding out-of-state people to leave where they are and come to Pennsylvania. That’s just the way it is.

  6. This is one Wolf decision that I support. Saying that a guy did not attend the “PA” police academy and that makes him unqualified and using that as a reason to squash his nomination is irrational. The best person should be selected regardless of what the PA state police union thinks. I am glad that Wolf found a place for him. The entire state police operation/union seriously needs to be reformed.

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