Missouri Public Safety Department director steps down

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety is leaving that job.

The governor's office announced Thursday that 62-year-old John Britt was stepping down effective Friday. Deputy director Andrea Spillars will serve as acting director.

Britt has led the agency since Gov. Jay Nixon took office in January 2009. He previously spent 27 years with the U.S. Secret Service and led its St. Louis office.

Nixon's office said Britt wants to spend more time with his family and had indicated in September that he would step down.

The Public Safety Department oversees Missouri's emergency and law enforcement agencies, including the State Highway Patrol and the State Emergency Management Agency.

As deputy director Spillars has focused on disaster preparedness, recovery and response.


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