Joel Thacker, the former State Fire Marshal, has been named the new Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

Thacker has been State Fire Marshal and Director of the Fire and Building Safety Division since 2020. He has been responsible for the Indiana Fire and Public Safety Academy, code enforcement inspections, emergency medical services, fire investigations and hazardous materials training.

Thacker previously served as a firefighter for 30 years, most recently as Fire Chief with the Plainfield Fire Territory.

“Preparedness is crucial for the success of Hoosier families, communities and the state, and the team will continue to focus on training and supporting all partners,” said Thacker.