New state Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan has named former FBI agent Frank Perry to be his interim chief operating officer.
UPDATE: He replaces COO and chief deputy secretary Mikael Gross, who was dismissed on Monday, a spokeswoman for DPS confirmed Tuesday. Gross has been with the department since it consolidated in January 2012. Before that he was senior counsel for the General Assembly.
Perry was a well-known federal law enforcement officer when he ran the FBI's Raleigh office around the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and later through his work with the state auditor and the state Ethics Commission. He also co-founded a foundation for ethics in public service.
Perry will oversee the operations and administration of the department during this transition phase.
Perry is from North Carolina and holds a doctorate in ethics and political philosophy.