Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs names 4 public safety cabinet members

Dec 31, 2022, 6:30 AM
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs answers media questions ...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs answers media questions at a campaign event on November 06, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Hobbs faces Republican and former President Donald Trump favorite Kari Lake in tomorrow's general election, which polls suggest is a virtual tie. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs continued to add to her administration on Thursday, as she announced four members of her public safety cabinet.

Lt. Colonel Dana Allmond will head the Department of Veterans’ Services.

Allmond graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and has more than 2 decades of active duty service experience. She ran for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 election but fell short.

Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck will continue to lead the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs after getting appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2021.

In 1992, Muehlenbeck entered the active duty Air Force as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General Corps and has held in various legal and command roles since.

She has also spent time as an assistant prosecutor in Saginaw County, a deputy county attorney in the Pima County Attorney’s Office and as an associate professor at Arizona State University.

Ben Henry will command the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Henry’s law enforcement experience includes as chief deputy in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and as a commander in the Phoenix Police Department.

Douglas Sargent will continue to serve as director of the Department of Juvenile Corrections after getting appointed in 2021 by Ducey.

Sargent started with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections in 2005 was appointed as the deputy director in 2018.

“One of my top priorities is keeping Arizona families safe,” Hobbs said in a press release. “As champions of public safety and dedicated community leaders, these professionals have the experience to lead our public safety departments. I know I will sleep better at night knowing that these leaders are working tirelessly to protect our communities.”

Earlier this week, Hobbs named her directors for five state human services agencies: Carmen Heredia for the Health Care Cost Containment System, Angie Rodgers for the Department Economic Security, Matthew Stewart the Department of Child Safety, Dr. Theresa Cullen for the Department of Health Services and Joan Serviss for the Department of Housing.

She also announced directors for six environmental and natural resources agencies: Karen Peters as head the Department of Environmental Quality, Tom Buschatzke as Department of Water Resources, Cynthia Zwick for the Residential Utility Consumer Office, Tom Torres for the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Bob Broscheid for State Parks and Trails.

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Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs names 4 public safety cabinet members