OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) – Governor Mary Fallin named Oklahoma Highway Patrol Maj. Billy D."Rusty" Rhoades III Oklahoma's Commissioner of Public Safety.
"I appreciate the confidence Governor Fallin has shown in me," said Rhoades. "I will work to guide the Department of Public Safety to continued growth, while maintaining the strong traditions and standards of the agency. I intend to bring together and align the department around the common purpose of public safety and service to the public."
Rhoades is a 28-year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He currently serves as zone commander for field operations in Troop M, based in Altus; Troop H, based in Clinton; Troop I, based in Guymon; and Troop J, based in Enid.
Fallin also appointed Rhoades to serve as secretary of safety and security on her executive Cabinet. That appointment will require Senate confirmation.
"Major Rhoades has spent his life protecting the people of Oklahoma, and his reputation as a skilled and dedicated member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is well known," said Fallin. "He has the character and competence to lead the Department of Public Safety, and I'm proud to have him serve on my Cabinet."
Rhoades succeeds Michael C. Thompson, whom Fallin appointed last month to serve as Oklahoma's adjutant general and on her Cabinet as secretary of the military.