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

Murphy declines to say if he’ll pick Maples’ replacement by June 7

Homeland Security and Preparedness director leaving state government for private sector

By Nikita Biryukov, May 17 2021 3:14 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy declined to say whether his administration would have a replacement picked for Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared Maples by June 7, when he is set to leave state government for a post at the National Hockey League.

“No news on that front, but I promise you we will let you know as soon as we,” Murphy said at Monday’s virus briefing. “And obviously, in every part of government it’s important to make sure you’ve got a smoothly running operation, even in transition, but when it comes to homeland security, the standards are exceedingly high.”

Maples’ pending departure was announced a little less then two weeks ago. The state’s top emergency response official intends to leave his post to become the NHL’s chief security officer and executive vice president.

The governor also declined to say whether he would appoint Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Deputy Director Andrew Campi to lead the agency in an acting capacity while the administration searches for a successor.

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