Harrisburg, Pa. — After failing to gain the GOP controlled state senate approval of Marcus Brown’s nomination for Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Governor Tom Wolf today named director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The post had been vacant since the Corbett administration and was established by executive order on February 22, 2012. Colonel Brown will report directly to the governor on issues pertaining to the preparation for, prevention, response and recovery from acts of terrorism.
“The commonwealth must take every step necessary to protect its citizens from terrorist threats, and I am confident that Colonel. Brown’s leadership and experience will be an asset to the commonwealth in this role,” said Governor Wolf. “Under Colonel 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. Colonel 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.”
Colonel Brown, 51, will start as director on August 17, 2015. Earlier this week Governor Wolf nominated retired major Tyree Blocker, 62, to head the Pennsylvania State Police.