JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Corinth native has been named director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Major Rusty Barnes, 48, was introduced Thursday during a news conference in Jackson.
Barnes is a 25 year veteran of MHP.
He most rescently served as the MHP’s Central Region Commander of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the statewide Emergency Operations Coordinator.
MOHS was established in April 2004 and has since distributed more than $200 million of federal grants to city, county and state emergency responders.
The ageny establishes, trains and equips strategically placed statewide response teams capable of responding to terrorist incidents and natural disasters.
The MOHS is also responsible for critical asset identification, standardized incident response and over-seeing the state’s fusion center, The Mississippi Analysis and Information Center.