Strickland Appoints New Public Safety Director

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Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday appointed Tom Stickrath as director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, effective immediately.

Stickrath was previously the director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, a position he held since 2004.

"I know that Tom's thoughtful leadership, personal integrity and deep commitment to public safety will ensure the department continues its important mission to protect the safety and security of Ohioans," Strickland said.

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Strickland's announcement came a day after the Ohio Senate voted against confirming Cathy Collins-Taylor, whose role as the state's top safety official was questioned after a called-off sting at the governor's residence.

Prior to his role at the department of youth services, Stickrath served as assistant director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, interim director of the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Services in 1991 and 1998, and as the interim director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety in 2002.

Stickrath also served as a regional director, warden and chief inspector for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  He will be paid an annual salary of $128,544 in his new position.

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