If the Executive Council has the good sense to approve of Gov. Chris Sununu’s nominations, then New Hampshire citizens can rest assured their Department of Safety will continue to have top-notch leadership in the coming years.

We would challenge anyone to look high and low to find a better-qualified pair than Robert Quinn and Perry Plummer to assume the top two jobs in a department that becomes more and more important in these unpredictable times.

As head of the state police, then-Col. Bob Quinn was a by-the-book leader who never shied from long hours or tough calls. After six years in that role, outgoing Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes tapped Quinn to be his deputy at Safety. Now Quinn is the right man at the right time to take on the top role.

Likewise, Perry Plummer is a solid choice to be Safety’s number two. Although his background was in the fire service, not law enforcement, Plummer has impressed us with the way in which he has taken on new challenges, particularly as head of the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management division.

Like Quinn, Plummer is a man unafraid of long hours and hard work, and has the intellect and drive needed to keep abreast of ever-changing public safety threats.

Just as important, Quinn and Plummer are down-to-earth New Hampshiremen who aren’t concerned with the fanfare and trappings of office. These are two men who don’t let power go to their heads.

Congratulations to Gov. Sununu on two solid choices.