JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - After 43 years in law enforcement, Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz is retiring from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
As commissioner for the past five years, Santa Cruz is known for the 'most aggressive drivers' license modernization in DPS history', the opening of the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory, as well as a merit promotion system.
"The time has come for me to depart from public service," Santa Cruz said. "It has been my honor and privilege to serve the dedicated employees of the Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the citizens of this great state."
Retirement for the D'Iberville native will be effective Jan. 31, 2017.