Gov. Jan Brewer on Jan. 13 named Robert Halliday, a 35-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, as the agency’s next director.
Most recently, Halliday served as commander of the department’s Emergency Operations Center. From 2004 to 2007 he commanded the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.
In addition, Halliday served as commander of the agency’s East Valley Highway Patrol Bureau, and headed up its Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Enforcement Bureau. Halliday started his law enforcement career as an officer with the Flagstaff Police Department. He is a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division from 1967 to 1973.
Roger Vanderpool, who was appointed DPS director in 2005, will stay on as director until Jan. 31.
Vanderpool had said he hoped to be reappointed to another four-year term. A spokesman for Brewer did not immediately return a message asking why the governor chose not to reappoint Vanderpool.
“I wish to thank and commend Director Roger Vanderpool for his many years of honorable service to the people of the state of Arizona,” Brewer stated in a Jan. 13 press release. “Director Vanderpool is a dedicated, principled and humble public servant who has served the Department of Public Safety with distinction.”