Perry E. Plummer has had an award-winning public safety and emergency management career spanning over 35 years and serving three NH Governors. He has a proven track record of success as a senior executive, a crisis manager and a transformational leader serving at the local and state level.
After joining Dover Fire and Rescue in 1986 he quickly progressed through the ranks before becoming Chief in 2002. Over the next ten years, Chief Plummer transformed the entire department into a customer service juggernaut. During his tenure as Chief, he successfully consolidated the City’s building, plumbing, electrical, and health departments as well as the city’s fire prevention program under the fire department, saving thousands of dollars each year. Additionally, Plummer possesses a wealth of entrepreneurial skills.
Between 2012 and 2019, Perry served as New Hampshire’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. During this time, he oversaw the preparation, exercise, response, and mitigation of terrorist threats, incidents, and natural and anthropogenic disasters. Furthermore, he coordinated all state agencies' planning, response, and recovery during terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and large-scale threats to public safety including cyber incidents. As Director, Perry co-managed the statewide fusion center and lead the effort to develop the state’s first Cyber Integration Center as well as developing and exercising the State’s cyber response plan. Expertly managing 18 federally declared disasters, he was also active at the national and international level.
As the Assistant Commissioner for the NH Department of Safety, Mr. Plummer managed 1,700 employees to effectively coordinate seven divisions, including State Police, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, State Fire Academy and Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Services (911) Division, Division of Administration, and Division of Motor Vehicles. Perry developed and led a nationally recognized school safety program and has been called a school safety expert.
In December 2020 Plummer was personally asked to return to state service by New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu to lead New Hampshire’s Covid-19 Vaccine Response. In spite of the COVID vaccine effort being the largest and most challenging public health response in the state’s history, New Hampshire lead the nation by providing an example of best practice.
With his diverse educational background, Plummer has achieved unprecedented success. He holds numerous fire service certifications and has attended a number of prestigious educational programs, including the Executive Leadership Program from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has also lectured on Interest Based Bargaining in graduate programs at Boston University and Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Plummer is an MRI Senior Public Safety Consultant.