TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY FOUNDATION APPOINTS FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Foundation today announced the appointment of Keith Perrigan as its first Executive Director. Perrigan serves currently as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in the Nashville Field Office. He will assume his new role November 4, 2013.
As Executive Director of the foundation, Perrigan will lead private sector support for the goals and objectives of the department, including law enforcement, driver services, and homeland security. The Executive Director will also work to establish partnerships with communities, businesses, and organizations statewide.
“Keith is bringing more than 28 years of law enforcement experience to this important role. Not only does he have an extensive background in public safety and homeland security resource management, Keith has the respect of many local, state, and national law enforcement leaders,” said Foundation Board Chairman Scott Niswonger. “As executive director, Keith will help the foundation prosper and provide even greater support for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security as it serves out its mission to help make Tennessee safer,” Niswonger added.
“I am honored and excited to be selected as the first Executive Director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Foundation. I look forward to leading this organization as it grows. My goal is to build support for the foundation so it will play vital role in the department’s ability to keep Tennessee as one of the safest states in which to live and work.
Perrigan joined the Secret Service in 1985. During his tenure, he has served the Nashville, Miami, and Washington field offices. He has also served on the Presidential Protection Division and Protective Intelligence Division. Perrigan has held many leadership positions throughout his career and was the program manager for the Joint Terrorist Task Force and the principle liaison officer to the intelligence community.
Perrigan earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. He and his wife Julie live in Brentwood. They have four children and one grandchild.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security Foundation was created earlier this year as a result of legislation proposed by Governor Haslam and enacted by the General Assembly in 2012. It is patterned after other law enforcement foundations throughout the country, such as the New York City Police Foundation.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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