Mr. Squires serves as Senior Vice President for Government and Industry Relations with ANDE Rapid DNA. He accepted this position in 2018 for its opportunity to help identify violent criminals and get them off the streets before they hurt others. Squires stepped into this position after over 31 years as a Utah peace officer and 5 years as Governor Herbert’s Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Squires to serve in his cabinet as Utah’s Commissioner of Public Safety in June 2013 and reappointed him in 2017. As Commissioner, Squires was responsible for the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), which consists of the Utah Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigation, State Crime Lab, Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC), Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), State Fire Marshal’s Office, Division of Emergency Management, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Driver License Division, Communications Bureau and Highway Safety Office. Utah DPS provides statewide public safety services with over 1,500 employees, of which 520 are sworn state law enforcement officers. Squires also served as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and has extensive experience in state and local law enforcement, homeland security and public safety services.
Squires holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His 2009 master’s thesis is titled Critical Accountability: Preventing and Interdicting Terrorist Activity in the U.S. by Effectively Utilizing State and Local Law Enforcement. Squires is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 216 in Quantico, VA. He is also a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, Session 37, and is a Senior Fellow at George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.