Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2018
Sen. Ron Sharp
Sen. Sharp carries nomination for Commissioner
of Public Safety
Sharp carried the nomination last Thursday of long-time public
safety officer Major Rusty Rhoades to serve as the Commissioner
of Public Safety. The Senate Public Safety Committee approved the
“Major Rhoades has dedicated his life to serving the people
of Oklahoma and improving public safety throughout the state,”
said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “He will be a strong leader for the
Department of Public Safety and we look forward to seeing his vision
for how to strengthen and continue to improve public safety in our
As the Commissioner, Major Rhoades will command the Oklahoma Highway
Patrol and also serve concurrently as the Governor’s Cabinet
Secretary for Safety and Security. As a member of the Cabinet, Major
Rhoades will be responsible for directing all state public safety
and corrections agencies.
Billy D. “Rusty” Rhoades III is an Oklahoma Highway
Patrol Major who has served the Department of Public Safety for
28 years in various areas. Since 2009, he has served as Zone Commander
and is responsible for Field Operations in four Troops (Altus, Clinton,
Guymon and Enid). He has also served as a Zone Commander for Oklahoma
City, the State Capitol Complex and turnpikes.
Since 2006, Major Rhoades has also represented the Commissioner’s
office as the DPS Legislative Liaison. He represented the Commissioner’s
and Chief’s Offices at the State Capitol and served as a point
of contact for state elected officials, legislative staff and the
Earlier in his career, he served as the Highway Patrol’s Liaison
with the FBI Oklahoma City regarding national and international
terrorism. His case work included both domestic and international
terrorism matters including money laundering, fraud, and planning
of terrorist events. He was also named the Infrastructure Protection
Coordinator for the State Office of Homeland Security.
Other positions he has held include Auto Theft Investigator, FBI
Gang/Violent Crimes Task Force member and Governor Security Detail.
His nomination must now be approved by the full Senate. Major Rhoades
will succeed Michael Thompson who has served in DPS for 25 years.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sharp: (405) 521-5539