The Department of Public Safety was established in 1969, per Minnesota Statute 299A. Listed below are the Public Safety commissioners starting with present commissioner, Mona Dohman, to the first commissioner, Wallace Hoglund, who began as commissioner in January 1970.
The State Highway Patrol and Drivers License Bureau, both formerly a part of the Minnesota Highway Department, were transferred to DPS in 1970.
Public Safety Commissioners from Present to Past
Mona Dohman, March 2011 to Present
Michael Campion, April 2004 to February 2011
Rich Stanek, January 2003 to April 2004
Charlie Weaver, January 1999 to November 2002
Don Davis, April 1996 to December 1998
Michael Jordan, December 1992 to April 1996
Thomas Frost, October 1991 to December 1992
Ralph Church, January 1991 to October 1991
Paul Tschida, January 1983 to January 1991
Kenneth Dirkzwager, September 1982 to December 1982
John Sopsic, May 1979 to September 1982
Edward Novak, June 1974 to May 1979
Wallace Hoaglund, January 1970 to December 1973