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State names new deputy, director of Homeland Security office

January 6, 2022 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former assistant U.S. attorney for the state’s southern district on Thursday was named the new director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, and the former Homeland Security operations director has been appointed deputy director.

Baxter Kruger, the new director, prosecuted criminal matters ranging from violent crimes to white-collar crimes when he worked for the Southern District of Mississippi, Criminal Division, according to a Department of Public Safety press release.

James Brinson, the new deputy director, previously served as the operations director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and has 17 years of related experience, department officials said.

Kruger serves as a Judge Advocate for the Mississippi Army National Guard. As a soldier, Kruger served in combat arms and as an attorney, deploying to the Middle East with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and as part of the U.S. COVID-19 Task Force. He earned his juris doctorate in 2015 from Mississippi College School of Law and bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Mississippi.

He received extensive legal training in federal criminal practice at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and in military law practice at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.