McCollum, the son of the late Buster and Hassie McCollum, has numerous years in law enforcement, which began in the U.S. Navy to naval base security. After he was discharged from the Navy, McCollum worked for the Fayette Police Department for four years. He then spent the next 25 years as a special agent, managing other special agents with Burlington Northern Railroad.
McCollum ended his career with the railroad with his final assignment at BNSF’s regional office in Ft. Worth, Texas. Now retired, his many years of expertise in the field of law enforcement will be of important use to the Homeland Security Advisory Task Force.
According to a letter sent from Gov. Robert Bentley, McCollum will have a “great responsibility because you will be making important decisions that affect the citizens of Alabama. Honesty and integrity are two virtues that I prioritize for my Administration to exemplify, and I know that you will do the same while in service to our great State.
“I encourage you to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money, and work to maintain the trust that I, and the people of Alabama have in you,” the letter continued to say. “You are a servant of the people of Alabama, and I trust that you will fulfill your duties and set a standard for others to follow.”