CONCORD Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday he will nominate Bob Quinn of Seabrook for commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety.
Quinn, who currently serves as assistant commissioner, will replace John Barthelmes, who is retiring from the post after nearly 12 years.
The Executive Council's confirmation vote for Quinn is expected to take place March 27. Quinn has been the assistant commissioner since 2016.
I am deeply honored that Gov. Sununu has placed his faith and trust in me to lead the Department of Safety, Quinn said. I am both humbled and proud to have worked under the leadership of Commissioner John Barthelmes, along with the finest men and women in public safety for over 34 years. I am committed to ensuring that the Department of Safety continues to work with all partners to ensure that New Hampshire remains as one of the safest states in the United States.
Quinn received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Merrimack College in 1983. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Unit Commander's Academy and the FBI National Academy, both located in Quantico Virginia. In 2016 he was named DEA/DARE Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
New Hampshire will be in good hands with Bob Quinn leading the Department of Safety, Sununu said. As the current assistant commissioner and former colonel of the New Hampshire State Police, Bob serves on the front lines and understands what it takes to oversee this vitally important department.
Sununu has nominated Perry Plummer, currently state director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, to replace Quinn as assistant commissioner.
Plummer called his nomination "a great honor," adding, I am excited to bring a Homeland Security and fire service background to the leadership team."
From spearheading the School Safety Taskforce to overseeing disaster relief and response, Perry works 24/7, 365 days a year to keep the Granite Staters safe, Sununu said. I am confident he will carry that same work ethic and dedication into his new role.