In July 2011, Mr. Louis F. Quijas was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Secretary for the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement. In this position, Mr. Quijas serves as the principal Department-wide liaison with state, local, and tribal law enforcement, ensuring that both relevant information and policy development are coordinated with our non-Federal law enforcement partners.
Before re-entering government service Mr. Quijas served as President of Datong Electronics, North American Operations. Before joining Datong he enjoyed a distinguished 36 year career in Federal and Local law enforcement, where he held a number of senior positions.
In April of 2002, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed Mr. Quijas to the position of FBI Assistant Director to oversee the efforts of the newly created Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.
Prior to his appointment to the FBI, Mr. Quijas was Chief of Police for the City of High Point, North Carolina. He accepted the position of Chief of Police upon his retirement from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department after 25 years of service.
Mr. Quijas has been an active member in his profession and has served on several national boards. Most notably, as National President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, National Board member of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and served on the IACP's Civil Rights Committee and the Committee on Terrorism.
Mr. Quijas' dedication to the law enforcement profession and service to community have not gone unnoticed. In October 2002, Mr. Quijas was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the top 100 influential Hispanics in the United States. He is the recipient of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association 2003 Gil Pompa Special Recognition Award, the National Sheriffs' Association 2004 President's Award and the FBI National Academy Association's 2005 President's Award. In July 2008, Mr. Quijas received the U.S. Secret Service Director's Award for his contribution to the law enforcement profession.
Mr. Quijas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Affairs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, FBI's National Executive Institute, and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.