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Former inspector general retires from Department of Public Safety
Director Tom Charles may take advisory role at JobsOhio

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Charles Thomas is retiring from his position as Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
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A longtime state official is retiring from his post as head of Ohio’s public safety department, but Tom Charles may not be done yet.


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Tom Charles has retired as director of Ohio’s Department of Public Safety, ending a nearly five-decade career in public service.

Along with heading up public safety, Charles led the Ohio State Highway Patrol and served as Inspector General.
Gov. John Kasich says Charles has played a major role in keeping Ohioans safe while enforcing the law.

Kasich's office says Charles is talking to the non-profit  job creation agency, JobsOhio, about a possible advisory role.

Col. John Born will be taking over as head of public safety. Born has been superintendent of the Highway Patrol since Kasich appointed him in 2011.

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