Athens Native Named Head Of Ohio Department Of Public Safety

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An Athens County native has been chosen to succeed the outgoing head of Ohio’s public safety forces who announced his retirement Wednesday.

The announcement of Department of Public Safety director Tom Charles decision comes on the key retirement benefit deadline under state pension reform.

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

The new public safety director served on the Patrol for the past 25 years. Born started as a trooper in 1987 and rose through the ranks and was appointed as superintendent in 2010.

Born has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in social science from Ohio University.