LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced two picks for members of her cabinet Monday morning.
Huckabee Sanders announced her intent to nominate Captain Mike Hagar as the next Secretary of the Department of Public Safety. She also announced that she would appoint Hager as Director of the Division of Arkansas State Police.
“As violent crime is on the rise and deadly, illegal drugs are flooding our communities, now more than ever we need a strong, experienced leader who will be tough on crime – and I am confident that Captain Hagar is that person,” the governor-elect said.
Hagar has served with the Arkansas State Police for more than 26 years. He stated that he is ready to address violent crime in the state.
“Governor-elect Sanders has the right vision to bring safety back to our communities, and I’m honored that she has chosen me to be the next Secretary of Public Safety and leader of the brave men and women who make up the Arkansas State Police,” Hagar said.
Huckabee Sanders also announced that Secretary of Public Safety AJ Gary has agreed to remain the Director of the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Sanders Administration and continuing to ensure that our state is always prepared for the next disaster or emergency,” Gary said.
Gary serves as DPS Secretary, Director of the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management and State Homeland Security Advisor. He has served nearly 30 years on the Conway Police Department with additional experience in airline security.