Ohio’s Top Two Public Safety Officials Resign

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Two of Ohio’s top law enforcement officials have stepped down with the suggestion that both needed to go to improve relations within the Department of Public Safety.

Gov. Ted Strickland says he has accepted the resignation of Public Safety Director Henry Guzman and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Collins.

Guzman told Strickland he wants to work in another part of Strickland’s administration.

Strickland’s office says Col. Collins agreed to step down in an effort to have the department and the patrol move forward.

Strickland says difficult communications between Collins and Guzman likely led to Guzman’s request to resign. The president of the union representing troopers says the difficult relationship between the two men hurt decision-making at the patrol. —