Ohio Public Safety Chief Leaves Office

Ohio Safety Department Director Thomas Charles retired as of July 31, 2013.
Ohio Safety Department Director Thomas Charles retired as of July 31, 2013.

The man who leads Ohio’s public safety forces and served for years as state watchdog has left his post.

Gov. John Kasich has tweeted that Department of Public Safety director Tom Charles retired Wednesday, a key retirement benefit deadline under state pension reform.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent John Born has been sworn in as Charles’ successor.

Before Kasich appointed Charles, now 70, to lead the Public Safety Department in 2010, he served 13 years as Ohio’s inspector general, investigating wrongdoing inside state government.

A state employee with knowledge of the move said Charles may oversee ethics at Kasich’s job-creation office, JobsOhio. The worker isn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Before becoming inspector general, Charles served 31 years with the Highway Patrol.

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