Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) Major Rusty Barnes, 48, today was named Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS). He is a 25½ year veteran of MHP and his most recent assignments have been the Patrol’s Central Region Commander of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the statewide Emergency Operations Coordinator. Major Barnes has a degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi and is a native of Corinth and now resides in Rankin County.
MOHS was established in April 2004 and has since distributed more than $200 million of federal grants to city, county and state emergency responders. The MOHS is vital to the protection of Mississippi and its critical assets. The MOHS establishes trains and equips strategically placed statewide response teams capable of responding to terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The MOHS is also responsible for critical asset identification, standardized incident response and over-seeing the state’s fusion center—The Mississippi Analysis and Information Center.