Young tapped to lead new Public Safety Department

Posted August 11, 2011 11:25 a.m. EDT

— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday named Reuben Young as secretary of the new state Department of Public Safety.

Young already headed the bulk of the department's operations as secretary of the former Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, but as of Jan. 1, he will add oversight to the former Departments of Correction and Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to his duties.

“Reuben Young led North Carolina’s state law enforcement and emergency management communities over the past two-and-a-half years through many challenges,” Perdue said in a statement. “He knows North Carolina and is respected up and down the ranks of law enforcement. He is the right person to guide this new agency.”

There was no word on what will happen to Correction Secretary Alvin Keller and Juvenile Justice Secretary Linda Hayes.

Perdue said last year that she wanted to streamline state government by consolidating departments and eliminate some redundancies. She expects the moves to make the departments more responsive to people's needs as well.