GOVERNOR STITT MOVES FORWARD ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF RUSTY RHOADES AS COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Oklahoma City, Okla. (February 22, 2019) – Governor Kevin Stitt announced today he is moving forward with the reappointment of Rusty Rhoades as the Commissioner of Public Safety. This decision follows the conclusion of Attorney General Mike Hunter’s investigation into the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s promotional process.
“I appreciate the diligent investigation that the Attorney General’s office conducted and the thorough cooperation of Rusty Rhoades and his staff,” said Stitt. “Rusty told me he is committed to implementing the recommendations from the Attorney General’s office, and I appreciate his transparency and professionalism during this process. I chose Commissioner Rhoades for his passion and commitment to the safety and protection of the people of Oklahoma. His years of experience with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety allow him to be a strong and effective leader. I will now be moving his appointment forward and look forward to his leadership in the Stitt administration.”
“I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by Governor Stitt, the Oklahoma State Troopers Association, my colleagues at the Department, and my fellow Oklahoma law enforcement officers during this time,” said Rhoades. “My reappointment, coupled with the Governor’s recent selection of Chip Keating as Secretary of Public Safety, indicate this administration’s dedication to propelling Oklahoma rapidly to the forefront of cutting edge concepts in the safety and security arena. My administration continues to support the personnel in the field who dedicate their lives to protect and serve all Oklahomans, and I look forward to partnering with Governor Stitt to improve services and increase efficiency throughout the Department.”