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Bryant appoints McKee to Mississippi Office of Homeland Security

Gov. Phil Bryant is appointing Mark McKee, a longtime U.S. Secret Service agent, as Executive Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

McKee has served as resident agent in charge of Mississippi for the Secret Service since 2014. He joined the Secret Service in 1991. From 2004 to 2014, he was a supervisory special agent in Washington, D.C., handling various investigative and protection assignments.

McKee has nearly 30 years in law enforcement and military service, starting with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1986, and is an Operation Desert Storm veteran. In 2007, he served on special assignment in Iraq, where he served as supervisory special agent with a United States Central Command task force identifying insurgent financiers and coordinating their targeting by U.S. Special Forces. He also served as an interrogator of enemy combatants and terrorist suspects.

McKee is replacing former state Homeland Security Director Rusty Barnes. Director McKee's appointment is effective Oct. 10, 2016.

"Mark's experience and proven leadership ability make him a perfect fit to take the helm at MOHS," Bryant said in a written statement. "I am confident he will serve the people of Mississippi well as he leads this critical agency, whose mission is to safeguard Mississippians. I am delighted he has accepted this appointment."

McKee and his wife live in Madison and have three children.

Article Date:   9/15/2016   |   Expiration Date:   9/15/2018

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