CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday will nominate two long-time state officials to the top jobs in the Department of Safety.

Department of Safety nominee Bob Quinn


Seabrook’s Bob Quinn, currently serving as assistant commissioner, will be nominated to replace John Barthelmes as commissioner. Barthelmes is retiring after nearly 12 years at the helm of the state agency responsible for state police and a variety of other public safety services.

Perry Plummer of Dover, currently serving as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will be nominated to serve as the next assistant commissioner.

Quinn was confirmed by the Executive Council as assistant commissioner of the Department of Safety in 2016.

He was appointed director of the New Hampshire State Police in 2010, with the rank of colonel. He oversaw enforcement of criminal, motor vehicle, and other public safety laws, and the regulation of detective agencies and security services.

Quinn received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Merrimack College in 1983. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Unit Commander’s Academy and the FBI National Academy. In 2016 he was named DEA/DARE Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

“I am both humbled and proud to have worked under the leadership of Commissioner John Barthelmes, along with the finest men and women in public safety for over 34 years,” he said. “I am committed to ensuring that the Department of Safety continues to work with all partners to ensure that New Hampshire remains as one of the safest states in the Unites States.”

Plummer was appointed Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by Gov. Maggie Hassan in 2013.

He started his public safety career in 1986 as a Dover firefighter and served as a lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief, before being name chief of that department.

He was appointed as Director of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services in 2011, overseeing the Fire Academy, fire training curriculum and certification, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

As Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Plummer has been responsible for coordinating the state’s response to major disasters as well as planning, training and exercises to ensure readiness at the local and state levels.

The nominations will be presented at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, with a confirmation vote likely at the March 27 meeting.