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Retired AZ DPS commander returning to agency

A recently retired Arizona Department of Public Safety commander is returning to the agency to serve as its second-in-command.

DPS officials announced Friday that Dennis Young has been hired as the agency’s deputy director, serving at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Young retired from DPS in September 2009 after 37 years. He was a commander within the agency’s Highway Patrol Division, where he directed all highway patrol operations in central and western Maricopa County.

Young has been serving as the interim police chief of Youngtown since his retirement.

As deputy director, Young will work under DPS Director Col. Robert Halliday and oversee the daily operations of its three divisions as well as enforce agency policies and procedures.

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