By James Beaty
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Randy Rogers is handling a different type of duty these days — not on the state’s highways and roads, but in the halls of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Rogers, of McAlester, is the new Legislative liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. He previously served at OHP’s Troop D Headquarters in McAlester.
On Wednesday, Rogers made the rounds at the Capitol, stopping by lawmaker’s offices and making sure they knew he’s available for any input or questions. He is working with members of both the House and Senate
“I’m here to answer any questions pertaining to public safety and the DPS,” Rogers said. “I’m there for them. We make ourselves available to assist them.”
Rogers has an office at the DPS headquarters in Oklahoma City. With current legislative session set to conclude in May, Rogers has been busy at his new post,
“We’re at the end of the session,” he noted. “I hit the ground running.”
Rogers has been with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for nearly 23 and 1/2 years. In his new role, he not only represents the highway patrol, but also other divisions or departments that are part of the DPS.
Those include the Oklahoma Lake Patrol, drivers license examinations, the motor vehicle enforcement division, the department’s bomb squad and its investigative division.
“There’s a lot to it — especially coming in at the end of the session,” Rogers said. “It’s definitely a different job.”
It’s also not the only statewide role Rogers has recently held. In November, he completed a year-long term as past grand master for the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma.
District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, welcomed Rogers’ choice as the new DPS legislative liaison.
“It’s always good to see a hometown guy, somebody from southeastern Oklahoma, get appointed to something like this,” Renegar said.
“This is quite an honor,” Renegar said of Rogers’ appointment as DPS legislative liaison for the state. “They needed somebody with years of experience.
“He is there to make sure we don’t pass laws contrary to state and federal laws,” Renegar said of Rogers’ role at the state Capitol.
Rogers’ experience makes him knowledgeable in the field, said Renegar.
Rogers is filling the position previously held by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Pete Norwood, who recently died from a heart attack, Renegar said. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Thompson selected Rogers to fill the office of DPS legislative liaison.
Renegar believes having Rogers as the new DPS legislative liaison is not only good for the area, but for the entire state.
“Besides having someone from southeastern Oklahoma, having someone with his experience is beneficial to the state of Oklahoma,” said Renegar.
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