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Governor Strickland Appoints Henry Guzmán, Director of Ohio Department of Public Safety

Posted by admin on 2007/1/19 4:00:00 (8415 reads)


Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Transition Chair Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced today the following appointments: Henry Guzmán, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety; Robert Boggs, director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Angela Cornelius, director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services; and Patrick Gannon as the chairperson of the Ohio Industrial Commission.

Guzmán will begin his service on February 12.

“Henry brings a wealth of leadership and public policy experience that makes him exceptionally qualified to lead the Ohio Department of Public Safety,” Strickland said. “His dedication to the safety and security of all Ohio citizens will guide his management of this critical department.”

Henry Guzmán, director of Ohio Department of Public Safety

Guzmán brings more than 25 years of experience in management and public policy to his role at ODPS. Since January 2004, Guzmán has served as director of the city of Columbus Department of Public Service, where he oversaw the operations of the divisions of Fleet Management, Refuse Collection and Transportation, and served as acting mayor, when Mayor Michael B. Coleman was out of the city. Guzmán is vice chair of the executive board of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and a member of the Policy Board of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

“Henry Guzmán has been great for Columbus. He has championed my pedestrian safety initiatives with great success and created efficiencies in the Department of Public Service that saved tax dollars while moving the city forward. Henry is also a close personal friend,” Coleman said. “Henry will be good for Ohio, and I look forward to continue working with him on safety issues.”

From 1999-2002, Guzmán was director of the Department of Public Safety for the city of Cleveland, where he also served, from 1992-1999, as director of the Department of Public Service. From 1990-1992 Guzmán was director of Program Development for the office of the Ohio Attorney General. In that role, he revised procedures for the DARE Program, resulting in more efficient responses to grantees. From 1987-1990, Guzmán served as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Liquor Control.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to use my years of experience in agency management and public service to keep Ohioans safe and secure and to also maintain an effective and efficient Department of Public Safety, ” Guzmán said.

While serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Guzmán was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor. He received a certificate in equal opportunity law from Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Youngtown University.

Guzmán and his wife, Nydia, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

ODPS provides safety and security of all Ohioans through eight critical divisions: Homeland Security, Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, Investigative Unit, Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services and Administrative.

Director Guzmán was also one of a group of critical statewide Latino community leaders who worked together for the establishment of the Commission on Spanish-speaking Affairs in 1977 - which later became the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

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