Chief Mark Sirois Appointed to Homeland Security Council
NASHVILLE --- Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois has been appointed to the state’s Homeland Security Council by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, effective October 10, 2012. The Council plans and directs statewide homeland security activities and interacts with federal and local officials in promoting homeland security.
Chief Sirois has risen through the ranks at the Johnson City Police Department. He began his career as a Public Safety Officer in 1991 and served stints as an investigator (1994-95), sergeant (1995-99), lieutenant (1999-03), captain (2003-10) and major (2010-12). He has served as the department’s chief since June 2012.
“Chief Sirois’ years of experience as a member of the law enforcement community are vital to the continued effectiveness of our state’s Homeland Security Council,” Haslam said. “I am confident that his appointment will fulfill one of the highest priorities of state government by keeping Tennesseans safe.”
Sirois, 56, has been instrumental in identifying and implementing new grant programs for the department, including funding for child passenger safety seat technicians, “Cops in Shops”, and community policing initiatives, as well as a crime mapping system to support proactive personnel and resource allocation within Johnson City.
The Johnson City Chief is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also heavily involved in the City of Johnson City Neighborhood Action Committee.
Sirois graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (209 Session), and the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy (2005).
The Council is composed of 23 members representing state and municipal officials, law enforcement and other stakeholders. Six local government representatives are appointed by the Governor. The Council was formed in 2003.
The Tennessee Department of Safety’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.