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Retired admiral gets top public safety post

Retired Rear Admiral Edward “Sonny'' Masso has been named the new chief operating officer for the Department of Public Safety.

Masso served 32 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve including assignments as commander of the Navy Personnel Command/ deputy chief of Navy Personnel; deputy commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, vice commander Naval Surface Forces Command; and assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education.)

More recently, Masso has served as a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C.

“Sonny Masso's experience and leadership in Navy operations and human resources will be a great asset to the Department of Public Safety,” said Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan in making the announcement. “I'm confident he will guide our integration and daily operations with skill and integrity.''

Masso is a 1977 graduate of the Naval ROTC program at the University of Mississippi, where he received a bachelor's degree in education.

Interim Chief Operating Officer Frank Perry is assuming the role of commissioner of the Division of Law Enforcement, replacing Gerald “Rudy'' Rudisill, who is retiring.


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