Five More Cabinet Posts Filled By Shapiro

Five more cabinet appointments have been made by Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro ahead of his swearing in on Tuesday.

Shapiro selected Laurel Harry to be Secretary of Corrections; Randy Padfield as Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; Mark Schindler as Adjutant General of Pennsylvania; Tom Cook as State Fire Commissioner; and Christopher Paris as State Police Commissioner.

According to a press release, “Public safety is a top priority for Governor-Elect Shapiro, and these public safety professionals will work with law enforcement, first responders, and local communities to ensure there is real accountability for those who break the law, implement smart criminal justice reforms, work to make our communities safer, and prepare and respond for emergencies.”

“As Attorney General, I worked with first responders and fellow law enforcement leaders every day to make our communities safer – and Laurel Harry, Randy Padfield, Mark Schindler, Tom Cook, and Christopher Paris are exemplary public servants who have put their health and safety on the line to serve to our Commonwealth,” said Shapiro.

“Pennsylvanians deserve to both be safe and feel safe in their communities, and these experienced leaders will help us address critical shortages among frontline workers and ensure our police officers, firefighters, service members, and veterans have the support they deserve. Working together, we will ensure the Commonwealth is prepared to respond to emergencies and continue the work to protect Pennsylvanians and and make our communities safer.”

Harry has been serving as the Acting Western Region Deputy Secretary since July 10, 2022 and has 24 years of Commonwealth experience in the Department of Corrections.

“With over two decades of Commonwealth experience in the Department of Corrections – from managing staff and inmates to overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs – I know we can address the root causes of crime in Pennsylvania while making our communities safer,” said Harry, the first woman to be appointed as Secretary of Corrections.

Padfield has more than 35 years of leadership experience in public safety spanning various roles in the disciplines of fire/rescue services, special operations, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and emergency management.

“When Pennsylvanians need us most, PEMA and the Shapiro Administration will be there to support them – and we will vigorously plan and prepare to ensure we are ready for future emergencies and disasters,” said Padfield.

Major General Schindler assumed duties as Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on December 5, 2020, and was confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania as the 54th Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on June 21, 2021. He is responsible for the command and control of over 18,000 Army and Air National Guard members (2nd largest National Guard); a complement of 2,500 Commonwealth employees; care of residential Cadets at the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy; and six state-owned Veterans homes and programs for Pennsylvania’s more than 700,000 veterans.

“The women and men of the Pennsylvania National Guard and the employees of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs show their commitment to public service and our community everyday, and we will continue to support them and ensure our National Guard remains among the most highly trained and operationally effective in the nation,” said Schindler.

Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Cook has an extensive background in public and nonprofit administration, serving at the municipal, county, and state levels, with a primary focus on public safety and emergency management.

“Pennsylvania has the largest number of fire departments in the nation and is a national leader in the number of career and paid personnel providing emergency services – underscoring the critical importance of the Commonwealth’s fire and emergency service community,” said Cook.

Major Paris enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1999. As he progressed through the ranks, he served in Troop K, Skippack and Philadelphia, the Bureau of Training and Education, the Department Discipline Office, Troop R Dunmore and Blooming Grove, and Department Headquarters. He has served as a Station and Troop Commander, Area III Commander, and as the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Professional Responsibility.

“With over twenty years of experience in the Pennsylvania State Police, I know the sacrifices our officers make each and every day to protect Pennsylvanians – and I know they need support from the Governor’s Administration to continue that work,” said Paris.

The five join 16 other Cabinet appointments made by Shapiro:

 

Shapiro’s senior staff includes:

 

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