Commissioner of Public Safety Santa Cruz will retire at the end of January. He submitted a letter to the Governor today. His replacement will be........ (drum roll).......
MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher. You read that correctly.
Update: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:
After a distinguished 43-year career in law enforcement, Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz announced today his retirement from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).
“The time has come for me to depart from public service,” Commissioner Santa Cruz said. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the dedicated employees of the Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the citizens of this great state.”
During Commissioner Santa Cruz’s five-year tenure as Commissioner of Public Safety, the most aggressive drivers’ license modernization in DPS history has been completed, the state-of-the-art Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (formerly State Crime Lab) opened and a merit promotion system was put into place, among many other accomplishments.
Commissioner Santa Cruz’s retirement will be effective January 31, 2017.