Erik A. HooksSecretary of Public Safety

Secretary Erik A. Hooks

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Erik A. Hooks in January 2017 to serve as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. As secretary, Hooks oversees a department of approximately 27,000 sworn law enforcement and civilian employees, along with nearly 12,000 North Carolina National Guard soldiers and airmen.

A dedicated public servant, Secretary Hooks has an extensive law enforcement background.  He joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in 1989 as a special agent and has since served in various capacities. Secretary Hooks served as a special agent, assistant special agent in charge with the Special Investigations Division, as well as unit commander/manager for professional standards. In 2005, Secretary Hooks rose to be the SBI assistant director over the professional standards division. He also led the SBI’s efforts in threat assessment, inspections and compliance.

Secretary Hooks serves as the state's homeland security advisor and chairs the State Emergency Response Commission. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and North Carolina Police Executive’s Association. 

A North Carolina State University graduate, Secretary Hooks holds a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Organizational Management and Research. He also is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Graduate Program at NC State and successfully completed the FBI National Executive Institute and the Commandant's National Security Program at the U.S. Army War College.