As Chief Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the Mid Atlantic Area for the Department of Homeland Security, John manages 11 Protective Security Advisors in Pennsylvania (3), Delaware (1), Maryland (2), Virginia (2), West Virginia (1) and Washington, D.C. (2).
In this role, John supports homeland security efforts, serving in an advising and reach-back capacity to state Homeland Security Advisors. He contributes to the development of the national risk picture by assisting with the identification, assessment, monitoring, and minimizing of risk to critical assets at the local level. As a Supervisory PSA, John facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructure and assets, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
John came to the Department of Homeland Security as an experienced Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) with numerous assignments in both protective and investigative divisions. His experience during his 22 years of service included permanent assignments in Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE.
His protective experience includes a permanent assignment to the Presidential Protective Division where he directed multiple foreign and domestic lead security advances for President Bush and his family. After serving on the Presidential detail, he joined the Technical Security Division where he conducted foreign and domestic technical security advances for both the President and Vice President. John's responsibilities included identifying all hazards associated with explosives, fire, mechanical, and structural integrity, as well as all physical security concerns. Additionally, he developed and implemented security plans and determined appropriate countermeasures including the use of military Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb technicians, canine resources, and audio countermeasures at designated locations.
Prior to his service with the USSS, John worked with the Philadelphia Fire Department for seven years. After five years as a firefighter in a high-rise district, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the officer in charge of a Hazardous Material Company.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Temple University. In 2001, he received a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from Saint Joseph's University. He graduated with honors and was recognized for excellence in service through outstanding scholarship, character and leadership. In addition to his position with the Department of Homeland Security, John is an adjunct faculty member at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.