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Perry named new Secretary of Department of Public Safety

Frank L. Perry will be the new Secretary of the Department of Public Safety.

Perry has been serving as interim secretary since Kieran Shanahan stepped down abruptly last month.

In making the announcement, Gov. Pat McCrory said: "Frank Perry has dedicated his life to public safety, primarily through his distinguished FBI career,” said Governor McCrory. "He brings a wealth of real-world experience to the helm of DPS in addition to his dedication to public service.”

Before accepting the interim position, Perry was commissioner of the state Division of Law Enforcement. He oversaw the operations of Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Butner Public Safety and State Capitol Police.

The Tar Heel native's resume also includes 22 years with the FBI where he investigated white collar crime, corruption and violent crimes.

“The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is second to none,” Perry said in a statement. “I am humbled and honored to join Governor McCrory’s cabinet.”

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