Public Safety Director, Patrol Boss Resign

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Henry Guzman, the state's Public Safety Director, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Richard "Butch" Collins both resigned on Friday.

Gov. Ted Strickland accepted both resignations, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

Ohio government sources told 10TV News that their resignations were not the result of any particular incident or pattern. 

On Thursday, Guzman informed Strickland of his desire to move on to another role in the administration and the need to initiate a fresh start for the department, according to Strickland's office.

10 Investigates obtained the e-mail Guzmen sent to employees in his department, informing them of his resignation.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today my plans to step down," Guzman wrote. "Yesterday, I met with Gov. Ted Strickland to discuss my desire to leave and move to another role in the administration. I thank Gov. Strickland for the opportunity to lead this truly diverse agency."

Collins agreed to submit his resignation "so that new leadership at the Ohio State Highway Patrol and could join in the effort to have the "Department and the Patrol move forward collaboratively," Strickland's office said.

Guzman has come under fire in the past over the supervision of the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles and recently came under scrutiny after a state trooper was caught speeding on his motorcycle along Interstate 70 at speeds of nearly 150 mph.

"Henry and Butch are both accomplished professionals whose commitment to public service and the safety and wellbeing of Ohioans is unquestioned," Strickland said in a statement.  "Both have served with distinction for decades."

Guzman will continue to serve as director until a replacement is named.  Collins was asked to serve in his position until the newly-appointed director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety appoints a new superintendent, according to Strickland's office. 

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