Governor Hutchinson Announces Resignation of Arkansas Department of Public Safety Secretary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – On July 21, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Jami Cook had resigned as secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and director of the Standards and Training Division. of law enforcement.

According to a press release, Secretary Cook’s resignation letter to the governor said she would step down after battling multiple health issues. She added that she would follow her doctor’s advice to “slow down” and focus on her health.

“From the day I met Jami, I have known her as a passionate public servant who cares deeply about serving the citizens of Arkansas,” Hutchinson said. “She has spent her working life supporting law enforcement and leading the creation of the new Ministry of Public Safety. His efforts have been historic and transformative. I appreciate Jamie’s friendship and service.

Cook was appointed Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training on January 14, 2015 by Hutchinson. Prior to her appointment, she served as Program Director for the Arkansas State Police, responsible for policies, procedures, training, strategic planning, research and development, and projects. specials. In 2009, she was appointed Commissioner to the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. She began her law enforcement career as a Newport Police Officer in 1994.

In 2019, the Governor signed into law the Transformation and Efficiency Act of 2019. The legislation brought about a “historic transformation and reorganization of state government agencies, boards, and commissions,” including the creation of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety.

Cook served as the first-ever secretary of this new department and oversaw the integration of approximately 17 state entities, including the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Arkansas Crime Lab, the Arkansas Crime Information Center, and the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity Governor Hutchinson has given me to serve the state of Arkansas,” Cook said. “It has been a great privilege to work for this state and we have worked diligently in our mission. I am so grateful that our paths crossed almost eight years ago.

Governor Hutchinson will announce a successor to Secretary Cook at a later date.