A longtime U.S. Secret Service agent has been chosen to direct the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.
Mark McKee of Madison starts the job October 10. Governor Phil Bryant named McKee to succeed Rusty Barnes, who retired after the Office of Homeland Security settled a former employee's sex discrimination lawsuit for $75,000.
McKee served in the Coast Guard from 1986 to 1991 and is an Operation Desert Storm veteran.
He started with the Secret Service in 1991. He was a supervisor in the Washington area from 2004 to 2014, overseeing investigative and protection assignments.
McKee went on assignment in Iraq in 2007, where he worked with a U.S. Central Command task force.
Since 2014, McKee has been resident agent in charge of the Secret Service in Mississippi.