Ohio picks new Homeland Security chiefOhio's terrorism chief is being reassigned because his boss wants someone with law-enforcement experience at the helm of homeland-security protection
By David Eggert
The Columbus Dispatch
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's terrorism chief is being reassigned because his boss wants someone with law-enforcement experience at the helm of homeland-security protection.
Executive Director Robert Glenn of Ohio Homeland Security will be replaced by Highway Patrol Capt. Richard Baron, effective Oct. 21. Baron also will advise Gov. John Kasich on homeland-security issues.
The decision was announced by Department of Public Safety Director Thomas P. Charles, himself a 31-year veteran of the patrol who retired in 1994.
"The heart of state Homeland Security is helping local and federal law-enforcement officials and first responders coordinate efforts to protect Ohio," Charles said in a statement this week. "Capt. Baron's extensive law- enforcement and leadership experience will be a great asset."
Glenn, who was named to his post in January, will become administrative officer at Ohio Emergency Management, where he once held a number of executive positions. Both Emergency Management and Homeland Security are offices within the Public Safety Department.
Public Safety spokesman Joe Andrews said the state's "fusion center" — an intelligence-sharing operation overseen by Baron — will be reorganized to eliminate the need to fill some vacant positions.
Andrews said there were no disciplinary issues involving Glenn, and Charles made the decision after getting a feel for what Homeland Security does. Glenn is "fine" with the reassignment, Andrews said.
Baron, 50, is a 24-year veteran of the patrol. He commanded investigatory and intelligence units, including one responsible for computer crimes.
Before returning to state employment this year, Glenn was an associate at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
As a National Guard infantry officer, he led search-and-relief missions during Hurricane Katrina. He was awarded a Bronze Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he worked on counterinsurgency operations.
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