Brewer announces new public safety policy advisor - Tucson News Now

Brewer announces new public safety policy advisor

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new policy advisor will join Governor Jan Brewer's administration, announced Monday.

Joseph Cuffari will begin his role as Policy Advisor for Public Safety on July 15. He will help develop and implement Gov. Brewer's key policy initiatives.

His background includes nearly three decades of professional experience in government, military and investigative positions, according to Brewer.

"Mr. Cuffari is well-respected for his work in directing and solving numerous special investigations, which have involved criminal, fraud, counter-intelligence and counter-narcotics cases, among others," Gov. Brewer said. "His diverse knowledge in security, public safety and military operations will bring a unique and valuable perspective to my administration as we work to fulfill the priorities most critical to the citizens of Arizona. I look forward to Mr. Cuffari joining my team."

Cuffari has served the U.S. Department of Justice in many different roles since 1993, including Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Office of the Inspector General and Special Agent for the Office of the Inspector General.

He has been a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer with the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General's Investigative Policy and Oversight Division since 2008. He was also a commander with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a Deputy Inspector General at Mather Air Force Base in Northern California.

Cuffari earned a PhD in management from California Coast University in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1995. He received his undergraduate education from The University of Arizona.

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