Lieutenant Colonel Jenna Mitchell (Photo: AZDPS)
Phoenix — On Saturday, July 6, 2019, 26-year Arizona Department of Public Safety veteran Major Jenna Mitchell will become one of the distinguished few to hold every position from officer trainee to Lieutenant Colonel, as she assumes command of the department’s highly visible uniformed Highway Patrol Division (HPD).
Major Jenna Mitchell began her career with the department in Casa Grande in 1993 and has since held civilian, officer, supervisory, managing and executive staff assignments within the Agency Support, Criminal Investigations and Highway Patrol Divisions. Major Mitchell is well-versed in daily AZDPS operations and is prepared to lead the HPD’s 750 professional staff and sworn employees statewide.
“Major Jenna Mitchell has served the public for 26 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, excelling at every role from officer to major. In her most recent assignments as chief-of-staff for several divisions, she excelled in her leadership and responsibilities overseeing the day-to-day operations of those divisions,” said Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the AZDPS. “We know that under her leadership the department will continue to uphold its mission.”
Lt. Colonel Mitchell is the second female Lt. Colonel in the history of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the first to command the Highway Patrol Division.