He was voted one of the top 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine. He is a firm supporter of the state's Open Records Act. Keenan joined the GBI in 1973 and was appointed director of the agency in January 2003 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior to joining the GBI, he served as a patrolman with the DeKalb County Police Department (November 1972 - June 1973).
Keenan originally intended to be a history teacher. However, he switched his major at Valdosta State to criminal justice and moved right into law enforcement after graduation.
GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION DIRECTOR VERNON KEENAN RECEIVES AWARD FOR GEORGIA'S CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM PROGRAM
Sep 27, 2006; Gov. Sonny Perdue, R-Ga., issued the following press release: Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today that Vernon Keenan, director of...