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Gov. Kasich Announces New Public Safety Dept., State Patrol Leaders

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Governor John Kasich announced new appointments to state public safety organizations on Wednesday while lauding the service of outgoing director Tom Charles.

Charles has retired from his position as Director of the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety after a career that spanned nearly five decades and included positions of leadership with the highway patrol and the Inspector General's office.

"No single Ohioan has done so much to keep Ohioans safe and enforce the law as Tom Charles," Governor Kasich said. "It's been a pleasure to serve Ohio with him and an honor to have him on my cabinet."

Replacing Charles as head of the department is John Born, who was sworn in to his new position on Wednesday morning after serving as the Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol since 2010.

Born steadily rose through the ranks of the highway patrol since first becoming a trooper in 1987 He held several leadership positions within the organization, including stints as agency spokesman and strategic services commander.

"John Born has done a great job at the patrol, he's highly respected throughout the law enforcement community," Gov. Kasich said. " While Colonel Born has some big shoes to fill, he is more than capable of doing it."

After assuming his new position, Born tapped 24 year veteran Col. Paul Pride to serve as the new highway patrol superintendent.

"Colonel Paul Pride's appointment as the 18th Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will provide continuity of leadership as they move forward in their mission to protect Ohioans."
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