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Gov. names Albert Santa Cruz to head public safety

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed Albert Santa Cruz to be Mississippi’s Public Safety Commissioner and Lt. Col. Donnell Berry to head the Highway Patrol.

Barbour made the announcement Friday in a news release.

Santa Cruz, chief of the Highway Patrol, replaces Steve Simpson, who resigned as commissioner earlier this month to run for attorney general.

Santa Cruz is a native of D’Iberville.

Berry is from Bentonia. He has served as assistant chief of patrol of Uniform Division Enforcement since 2004.

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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