Gov. Jay Nixon announced the selection of Chris Pickering as the new state Homeland Security Coordinator Wednesday.
Pickering will replace Paul Fennewald, who held the position for 6 years. Scott Holste a spokesperson for Gov. Nixon, expects a smooth transition for Pickering.
"He brings just such a well rounded background in areas that are going to be, continue to be of extreme importance to Homeland Security issues," he said. "And particularly since he’s been working with the retiring coordinator Paul Fennewald for about a month in that office, we really think that this is making for a seamless transition from one coordinator to another."
Pickering previously served as Inspector General for the Missouri Department of Corrections, as well as chief investigator for the Public Safety Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
As Homeland Security Coordinator, Pickering will work with a 20-member advisory council and nine regional oversight committees.