Hickenlooper names FBI agent to head public safety

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The man in charge of the FBI in Colorado has been picked to lead the state’s public safety department.

Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced his decision to appoint Jim Davis to the post Thursday.

Davis, a 25-year FBI veteran, directed the investigation of Najibullah Zazi, the Denver-area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb a New York subway. He also served as the senior FBI representative to the U.S. ambassador in Iraq.

The public safety department includes the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, among other agencies.

Hickenlooper also announced that Larry Trujillo will remain director of the homeland security office.

Hickenlooper’s cabinet picks must be confirmed by the state Senate.