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 professionalexperience in government, military and investigative positions, according to Brewer.

"Mr. Cuffari is well-respected for his work in directing and solving numerousspecial 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 militaryoperations will bring a unique and valuable perspective to my administration aswe work to fulfill the priorities most critical to the citizens of Arizona. Ilook 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 Chargefor the Office of the Inspector General and Special Agent for theOffice of the Inspector General.

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

Cuffari earned a PhD in management from California Coast University in 2002and 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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