Colonel Keith D. Squires
Background Information Updated September 10, 2011
Colonel Keith Squires serves as Governor Gary R. Herbert’s Homeland Security Advisor and oversees law enforcement, homeland security and emergency management services for the state. He has over 24 years experience in local and state law enforcement in
In September 2007, Col. Squires was appointed by Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to serve as his Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety. Each state or territorial governor has a designated homeland security advisor. Governor Huntsman gave Col. Squires the responsibility of designing and establishing a state intelligence fusion center for
Col. Squires regularly presents information to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her senior staff on matters related to state’s roles, responsibilities and participation in the national homeland security mission. He was recently elected by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the National Governors Association Homeland Security Advisors Council for 2012. He currently serves on the National Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the advisory board for the National Counterterrorism Center’s Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group and the Director of National Intelligence’s State, Local, Tribal Partners Board.
Colonel Squires has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His 2009 master’s thesis is titled Critical Accountability: Preventing and Interdicting Terrorist Activity in the U.S. by Effectively Utilizing State and Local Law Enforcement.