NH DHS - Harper Appointment

Department of Safety

Division of Homeland Security and

Emergency Management




CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Director Perry E. Plummer has announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Harper to the position of assistant director for HSEM.

“Jenn brings more than two decades of experience, an invaluable level of understanding and knowledge, and an unparalleled work ethic to the position,” Plummer said. “She has proven her leadership ability time and time again and is clearly the correct choice to serve as the Assistant Director.”

Ms. Harper has 30 years of experience in State government with 23 of those in emergency management. Most recently, Ms. Harper served as the HSEM Operations Chief responsible for coordinating the State’s response to emergencies and as the State’s Liaison with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Ms. Harper is also an Adjunct Professor with Plymouth State University’s Criminal Justice Department.

“This is an honor and privilege,” Harper said. “I am excited to continue working with Director Plummer and the HSEM team in furthering HSEM’s mission and commitment to the safety and security of New Hampshire’s citizens and visitors. The role of HSEM in assisting individuals, communities and businesses to be more resilient and to quickly recover from disasters is essential to the State’s economic vitality.”

Harper holds a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.