(ATLANTA) - The Georgia Board of Public Safety has confirmed the appointment of Mark McDonough of Rabun County as the new Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. His appointment was confirmed by the Board during its regular monthly meeting February 10 in Atlanta. He has also been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and succeeds Frederick D. Snellings, Jr. who passed away in January.
In his new capacity, Lt. Col. McDonough will oversee the day to day operations of the three divisions of the Department of Public Safety as well as the support operations of Training, Planning, Executive Security and Public Information.
Lt. Colonel McDonough began his career with the Department of Public Safety in 1995 and graduated from the 70th Georgia State Patrol Trooper School. His assignments include serving as a trooper and Assistant Post Commander in Blue Ridge, a pilot in the Aviation Division, Legislative Liaison, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, and most recently as Commanding Officer of the Georgia State Patrol. He has served on the Troop B Concentrated Patrol Unit and the Governor's Task Force for Marijuana Suppression. While assigned to the Aviation Division, he served as the safety officer and developed the Department's Aviation Division Standard Operations Manual.
In addition, he has served as the Officer in Charge of the 2007 Inauguration Pass-In-Review, as the Traffic Control Coordinator and Officer in Charge of three stages of the Tour de Georgia and as an Assistant Mobile Field Force Coordinator for the G-8 Summit. He was elected president of his Trooper School class and has received the Department's Valor award.
After graduation as Valedictorian of his high school class at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Lt. Colonel McDonough received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After attending The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and Basic Electronic Warfare and Advanced Electronic Warfare School. In October 1988, he was assigned to VMAQ-2 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. as a Naval Flight Officer and deployed in August of 1990 to Bahrain in support of Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. He flew 35 combat missions in the EA-6B "Prowler" earning the following awards: Single Mission Air Medal with Combat "V," Air Medal with numeral "3," Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V," Southwest Asian Service Medal, War Time Service Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.
Lt. Colonel McDonough is an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot with Single and Multi-engine Airplane and Rotorcraft-Helicopter ratings.
He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College with a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University and graduated the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Active in his community, Lt. Colonel McDonough is a member of the Board of Trustees for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a former member of the Rabun County Republican Party and a former member of the Clayton Rotary Club. He has served as a county delegate to State Republican Conventions and has been a volunteer baseball, basketball and soccer coach.
He and his wife, Leith, have been married for 25 years. They have three children: Megan, Will, and Katie, and attend Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church.