Jefferson City, MO. (KMOV.com) -- Gov. Jay Nixon selected Chris Pickering, of California, MO., as the new Homeland Security Coordinator for Missouri on Wednesday.
Pickering, a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, will replace retiring Paul Fennewald, who has served in the position since November 2005.
Gov. Nixon said Pickering will be an excellent addition to team. "Chris has demonstrated his commitment and capability to public safety throughout his 20-year career in law enforcement, and has shown he will be able to build on the fine work done by Paul Fennewald,” Gov. Nixon said.
To ensure a smooth transition between coordinators, Pickering has been working with Fennewald for the past month. Prior to being named to his new position, Pickering served as Inspector General for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Prior to that, he was the chief investigator for the Public Safety Division of the Missouri Attorney General's office.
Pickering has also worked as a police officer in Clinton, Mo., and Leawood, Kan., and as the director of the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center. He holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri.