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DPS welcomes newly appointed deputy director

Recently retired DPS commander returns to serve as agency’s second-in-command

Friday, January 14, 2011 -

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PHOENIX - Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Col. Robert Halliday announced the appointment of Dennis Young as the agency’s deputy director, serving at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Young retired from DPS after 37 years of distinguished service in Sept. of 2009 as a commander within the agency’s Highway Patrol Division. While serving in this position, Young directed all highway patrol operations in central and western Maricopa County. As deputy director, Young will oversee the day-to-day operations of the agency including the three divisions of DPS, implement and help realize agency goals, as well as implement and enforce agency policies and procedures.

“My goal is to continue on as part of the team at DPS with the mindset that everyone at the agency can make one another better,” said Young, adding that he would like to help move the agency forward during these tough economic times and continue with the agency’s vision.

Following his retirement from DPS, Young served as the interim chief of police in Youngtown from Sept. 2009 through February 2010. Young attended the Arizona Highway Patrol academy in 1972 and began his career as a highway patrolman in the Tucson area that same year. Young rose through the ranks of DPS serving in a variety of critical positions to include narcotics agent, advanced training sergeant, commander of the Internal Affairs Unit, commander of the Special Investigations Unit, Highway Patrol District Commander, and basic training academy lieutenant. These assignments preceded Young’s promotion to Highway Patrol Bureau Commander. Young holds a bachelors degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, a masters degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.