Blunt appoints three to security council

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:30 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mick Covington, 53, of Jefferson City was selected by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as a public representative to the Missouri Homeland Security Council Monday.

Robert Wylie, 44, of St. Peters and Harold Bengsch, 69, of Springfield were also selected. The three men are the final selections for this position.

Covington is executive director of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association and has more than 30 years of law enforcement and management experience. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, said Terri Durdaller, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Covington also served as commander of the Columbia Police Department’s Special Tactics and Response Team (STAR) from 1990 to 1993. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Boone County sheriff, losing to Dwayne Carey in November.

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