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New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared Maples.

Maples leaving state government for job at NHL

Homeland Security director will serve as league’s chief security officer

By Nikita Biryukov, May 05 2021 2:13 pm

New Jersey’s top homeland security official is leaving his job with state government to run security for the National Hockey League.

Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared Maples will join the NHL as its chief security officer and an executive vice president on June 7, the league announced Wednesday.

“For the past nearly four years, Jared has committed himself to the safety and security of the people of New Jersey,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “He has led our ongoing counterterrorism and cybersecurity efforts and has been with us for all manner of emergency preparations. Throughout the pandemic, he and his office have been a critical link in our COVID response.”

Maples joined state government late into Gov. Chris Christie second term in office and was appointed NJOHSP’s acting director in June 2016. Murphy kept him on after taking office. His successor will need to be confirmed by the State Senate.

He spent 10 years at the CIA and two years at the U.S. Department of Defense before moving into state government.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jared, who brings extensive administrative and strategic experience working in complex security environments,” NHL Commissioner Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “He will be a tremendous addition to the League’s Senior Management team and be an invaluable resource to our Clubs and Players.”

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