DPS Leadership Transition

Department of Public Safety officials plan for smooth transition in change of leadership.

With governor-elect Mary Fallin’s announcement of Major Michael C. Thompson as her selection for public safety commissioner, DPS officials have been working to insure a smooth and seamless transition.

Following Fallin’s announcement earlier this week, Commissioner of Public Safety Kevin L. Ward met with his executive staff praising Thompson, and discussed the importance of a smooth and seamless transition in leadership. "Mike has been an outstanding example of what it means to be a public servant of the highest order; not only through his service and leadership at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, but also through his dedicated service to the Oklahoma National Guard," said Ward.

Thompson, a 20 year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has spent the past seven years serving as a zone commander. His experiences in this capacity have included supervising nearly every highway patrol field command and special service division within the department. "Mike is fully prepared for the job, and I have absolute confidence in his abilities. His leadership as commissioner will insure the agency continues to fulfill its mission of outstanding service to the public in a competent and professional manner." Ward said.

"I truly appreciate Commissioner Ward’s support as well as his efforts to insure that a smooth and effortless transition of leadership occurs," said Thompson.

Ward stated that his 30 years of service at the Department of Public Safety culminating in his last 8 years as Commissioner had been humbling and rewarding.