Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed Jess Anderson to serve in his cabinet as Utah’s Commissioner of Public Safety in August 2018. Commissioner Anderson is responsible for the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), which consists of the Utah Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigation, State Crime Lab, Statewide Information and Analysis Center, Bureau of Criminal Identification, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Division of Emergency Management, Peace Officer Standards and Training, Driver License Division and Highway Safety Division. Utah DPS provides statewide public safety services and employs 1,500 employees, of which 520 are sworn state law enforcement officers.
Anderson additionally serves as the governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and has extensive experience in state and local law enforcement and public safety services. During his more than 18 years at the Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, Anderson has served in various capacities including on patrol, bicycle squad, motor squad, Special Emergency Response Team, DUI squad and as a member of executive protection. He has promoted through all ranks of DPS during his career and served in key positions, including Major of the Utah Highway Patrol. Anderson also served as the president of the National Governor’s Security Association from 2009-2016.