HARRISBURG — A former FBI agent is Pennsylvania's new homeland security chief.

Gov. Tom Corbett's office said today that he named 52-year-old Thomas Minton III of Pipersville in Bucks County to head the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

Minton spent 22 years with the FBI and specialized in investigations of national-security issues and terrorism. A Delaware County native, he's a graduate of Lycoming College and holds master's degrees from St. Joseph's University and Princeton University.

The Homeland Security Office was merged into the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency during Gov. Ed Rendell's administration. But the Corbett administration moved it to the Pennsylvania State Police headquarters last year to promote inter-agency cooperation.

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