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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Private Security Board

Thursday, March 17, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas Private Security Board. The board licenses private investigation, security guard, burglar alarm, courier, armored car and access control companies. It also approves training schools for security officers and instructors.

Albert L. Black of Austin is executive director of Child Inc. He is a board member of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Austin Urban League, Early Childhood Education Council, and Austin Sports Commission, and a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals and National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners. He is president of the St. John District Baptist Association and Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, and a past member of the Austin Area Alliance of Black School Educators and National Parents Day Coalition. He is also a past member of the I Care Now Foundation Inc., Meals on Wheels and More of Austin, St. James Episcopal School Board of Trustees, and Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Black received a bachelor's degree from Paul Quinn College and a master's degree in elementary education and administration from Prairie View A&M University, and is pursuing a doctorate degree in education from the University of Texas. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2017.

Brian England of Forney is senior assistant city attorney for the City of Garland. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, and Dallas County Bar Association. He is also a volunteer with the Dallas Christian School and New River Church Ministries, and a past member of the Garland Police Association. England received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in religion from Abilene Christian University, and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is appointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2015.

Howard Johnsen of Dallas is board chairman and CEO of Hans Johnsen Company. He is a board member and executive committee member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, and past president and past director of Security Hardware Distributing and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. He served in the Texas Air National Guard. Johnsen received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He is being reappointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2017.

Mark Smith of Dallas is owner and president of Smith Protective Services Inc. He is a founder and life member of Law Enforcement and Private Security (LEAPS), a life member of Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas, and a former licensed Texas Polygraph Examiner. Smith received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the Texas A&M Polygraph Examiner School and Eastfield College Commissioned Officer Training School. He is being reappointed for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2017.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.


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