PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Tim Roemer, Arizona’s Chief Information Security Officer, to Director of the state’s Department of Homeland Security.
Roemer will succeed Gil Orrantia, who last month informed Governor Ducey of his intention to retire as the department’s director after 11 years. Roemer will assume the post immediately.
In addition to the change in leadership, Governor Ducey announced that the cybersecurity operations overseen by Roemer in the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) will become part of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Cybersecurity is homeland security — that’s why I’m looking forward to moving Arizona’s critical cyber mission to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Governor Ducey. “Tim Roemer has served our state for years with protection and proactiveness at top of mind, and I’m confident he will lead the Department and its new cybersecurity operations well. I’m grateful to former Director Orrantia for his tireless commitment to protecting Arizonans and supporting law enforcement, and I wish him the best in his retirement.”
Incoming Director Roemer said that combining the state’s cybersecurity mission with the Department of Homeland Security will better protect Arizona from increasing cybersecurity attacks that threaten our infrastructure, data and citizens.