Jami Cook, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and Director of the Division on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, has resigned citing health issues according to an announcement today from Gov. Asa Hutchinson. In her resignation letter, Cook said that she would be following her doctor’s advice to “slow down” and focus on her health, according to the announcement.
“Since the day I met Jami, I have known her to be a passionate public servant who cares deeply about serving the citizens of Arkansas,” Hutchinson said. “She has spent her professional life supporting those in law enforcement and leading the creation of the new Department of Public Safety. Her efforts have been historical and transformative. I value Jami’s friendship and service.”
Cook’s career in law enforcement began as a Newport Police officer in 1994. She was later appointed to the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in 2009 and later became the Arkansas State Police Program Director, where she was responsible for policies, procedures, training, strategic planning, research and development, and special projects.
Hutchinson appointed Cook as Director of the Division on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in January of 2015, then appointed her as the first Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety just after it was created by the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019. As part of the act, she oversaw the integration of 17 state entities into the new department, including the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Arkansas Crime Lab, the Arkansas Crime Information Center, and the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.
“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity that Governor Hutchinson afforded me to serve the state of Arkansas,” Cook said. “It has been a great privilege to work for this state and we have worked diligently in our mission. I am so very thankful that our paths crossed almost eight years ago.”