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.