Governor appoints homeland security adviser |

Governor appoints homeland security adviser

Nevada’s Homeland Security adviser will be based in Carson City and will oversee anti-terrorism threat planning for residents and the millions of tourists who visit the state each year.

Gov. Kenny Guinn named Jerry Bussell, a retired Army colonel, as state adviser Tuesday. Bussell’s salary of $102,061 will be paid from federal grants. He hopes to officially begin work within two weeks.

The timing was key for Nevada, the governor said, as the federal government hones the national security plan. With the increased focus on homeland security, Bussell can now operate as Nevada’s contact solely dedicated to terrorism issues.

“It’s a different day here in Nevada,” Guinn said. Part of Bussell’s job as adviser to the governor will be to coordinate anti-terrorism planning with other state agencies and with the public.

“Part of our preparedness has to be that people just be vigilant,” Guinn said.

The state faces security issues with tourism, a fast-growing population, two military installations and Hoover Dam, Guinn said.

The state has received $16 million in federal funds for homeland security and has boosted health resources, emergency management programs and developed a health lab.

Bussell said Nevada faces unique challenges from the millions of tourists who visit the state each year.

“Our population isn’t just the citizens,” Bussell said. “It’s exponentially greater than that.”

The retired military officer is a Vietnam veteran and served 26 years in the Army and Nevada Army National Guard.

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