Secretary of Public Safety – Bryan Michael Rhode
On November 1, 2013, Bryan Michael Rhode was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to be Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Secretary advises the Governor, as well as develops and implements public safety initiatives. In addition, Secretary Rhode is responsible for eleven state agencies and the numerous Boards and Commissions that make up the Public Safety Secretariat. The responsibilities of the agencies include: enforcing criminal, highway safety, and alcoholic beverage laws; protecting the public through confinement, treatment, and re-entry preparation of offenders; training firefighters and other first responders; coordinating the training and deployment of the Army and Air National Guard during disasters; and planning and coordinating the Commonwealth’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.
Prior to this appointment, Secretary Rhode held several posts in the McDonnell Administration including Commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety. Secretary Rhode is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the London School of Economics. A former Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Secretary Rhode served four years on active duty as an infantry officer and deployed twice overseas. Secretary Rhode served for nearly six years as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond, where he worked with local, state and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute a wide variety of crime. Prior to serving as a prosecutor, Rhode was an associate corporate attorney at Hunton & Williams, LLP.
Secretary Rhode is actively engaged in the community, serving on numerous professional and community boards and organizations, including the Goochland Free Clinic, the Goochland Rotary Club, and the Marine Corps League of Richmond. He was named to Style Weekly Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2007. Rhode and his wife Lynne live in Goochland with their two sons, Andrew and Bryan, Jr.