Darin Hanson, Homeland Security Director
Darin was appointed the Homeland Security Division Director on Jan. 10, 2022. He previously served as the Critical Infrastructure Program and Security Manager with the North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC). In this capacity, he has given numerous presentations to both private and public organizations on topics ranging from crime trends and prevention to physical security assessments and active shooter training. He has been a co-chair of the NDSLIC State Cybersecurity Task Force, CyberCon vice-chair, participates in the N.D. School Partners Safety Committee, is a N.D. Emergency Management Association member and represents the agency on several other committees. He is currently the regional representative to the National Fusion Center Association’s committee on public outreach.
Prior to joining the NDSLIC, Hanson worked for 11 years in the financial services sector at Dakota Community Bank & Trust, N.A. and Edward Jones where he provided financing and counseling to both new and experienced business owners while working with Small Business Administration, the Bank of North Dakota, N.D. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Hanson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and an MBA in Management from the University of Mary. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Security and Defense Masters in Homeland Security Program.
A firm believer in community service, he has given numerous presentations to entrepreneurs for SCORE, Hanson has been a guest instructor at Bismarck State College, and is also the past President of the Board for the Greater Bismarck/Mandan Chapter of "Rebuilding Together."
Additionally, Hanson served over 20 years in the Army National Guard in numerous leadership and advisory positions. Having deployed two times, his past accomplishments include being named Battalion Soldier of the Year, SPC Ryan Maxie "Checkfire" Memorial Award, and the Raymond Buckley Connor Memorial Award Winner. During his career he has served as the Company Intelligence Support Team leader, Biometrics Manager, Linguist Manager Military Police Platoon Sergeant, and Company Electronics Warfare Officer earning a Bronze Star Medal for his outstanding service.
Hanson currently lives in Mandan, North Dakota, with his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Delaney. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, fishing and hunting, as long as the weather cooperates.
Darin Anderson, State Radio Director
Darin Anderson was appointed the director for State Radio on Jan. 27, 2023. He manages about 30 full-time employees and directs the department's daily operations.
Anderson previously worked at the North Dakota Information Technology Department for 15 years, with a total of 17 years at the State of North Dakota. He most recently served as NDIT’s program safety manager and statewide interoperability coordinator. In those roles, Anderson was responsible for managing and coordinating the new statewide public safety radio system, known as the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network, or SIRN.
Anderson currently lives in Bismarck, North Dakota with his wife, Morgan, and sons, Braxton and Mason. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, riding motorcycle, hunting and spending time outdoors.