Executive Director of Global Security
J. Scott Thomson is Holtec’s Executive Director of Global Security. In this role, Mr. Thomson leads all aspects of Holtec’s Security Program, as well as Holtec’s acquired shutdown nuclear plants. Mr. Thomson is also Holtec’s Corporate Governance Officer and is head of the Administrative Group. His vision for corporate governance is articulated in the Chief Governance Officer’s communique.
Mr. Thomson has a distinguished record of public service with more than 27 years of law enforcement experience, most recently for 11 years as the Chief of Police of the Camden County Police Department, where he oversaw a police department of more than 600 sworn and civilian employees. Mr. Thomson holds an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University.
In 2013, Mr. Thomson pioneered an innovative strategy that significantly transformed the public safety profile of the city of Camden, NJ, a city that was perennially labelled as the “Nation’s Most Dangerous City.” He created a new police department that was responsible for achieving unprecedented reductions in crime, culminating in a 50-year low in 2018. To achieve this, Mr. Thomson developed unique strategies, harnessed technologies, and bolstered an organizational culture that led to the President of the United States in 2015 recognizing his department as a model for 21st Century Policing.
Mr. Thomson has served on numerous boards and committees of leading institutions including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United States Attorney General Global Advisory Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and was a founding member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Administrative Science.
From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Thomson was the elected President of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington DC policing think-tank which represents more than 3000 international law enforcement executives.