On Saturday, July 6, 2019, Major Jenna Mitchell, a Casa Grande Union High School graduate, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel assuming command of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Division.
Lt. Colonel Mitchell, who began in 1993, has truly worked her way up through the ranks, serving in every position from officer trainee to Lieutenant Colonel throughout her career.
“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 only the second female Lt. Colonel in the history of the Arizona DPS and the first to command the Highway Patrol Division.