Az Gov. Hobbs Appoints New Directors For Corrections, Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections both have new directors. Ryan Thornell and Jeffrey Glover have been named as the next directors of the Departments of Corrections and Public Safety, respectively, by Governor Katie Hobbs.

David Shinn retired in January 2021, and Thornell, who has 18 years of expertise in corrections, is David Shinn’s replacement. Governor Hobbs affirmed her trust in Thornell’s abilities to handle the opportunities and difficulties presented by the Department of Corrections.

Glover, who has worked for the Tempe Police Department for 22 years, will take over for Heston Silbert, who will retire in January 2021. As the first Black person to lead the Department of Public Safety, Glover is also the first Black police chief in Tempe. Glover is the perfect choice for the position, according to Governor Hobbs, who voiced her confidence in his knowledge and ability.

Given the recent rise in crime in Arizona, this nomination has particular significance. The Department of Public Safety reports that from 2019 to 2020, violent crime increased by 8% in the state. Should they reverse these trends, Governor Hobbs and her appointees will make Arizonans’ lives safer.

Governor Hobbs is optimistic that the new directors have the knowledge to handle the many challenges that lie ahead. According to reports, both directors have extensive backgrounds in their specialized industries.

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