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Gov. Huntsman appoints Col. Duncan as new DPS Commissioner

Commissioner Flowers to head up FEMA Region 8

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced the appointment of Colonel Scott Duncan as the new commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety, replacing Commissioner Robert Flowers as he leaves to head up the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 8 office in Denver, Colorado.

"Bob has served Utah tremendously well from the 2002 Winter Olympics Games to the floods of southern Utah," Governor Huntsman said. "As we wish Bob farewell and continued success at FEMA, we welcome Colonel Scott Duncan as the new Commissioner of DPS."

The shift will happen almost immediately, Flowers begins in Denver Aug. 7. Flowers began his service as commissioner when appointed by former Governor Michael Leavitt in the fall of 2000. He was reappointed by Governor Huntsman in 2005.

"It has been an honor to serve as Utah's Commissioner of Public Safety and I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities at FEMA," Flowers said.

Colonel Duncan has worked in law enforcement at the state level for 30 years, including 28 years with the Utah Highway Patrol, leading UHP since 2001.

"I'm humbled by this opportunity and look forward to the chance to continue to serve the people of this State," Duncan said. "Bob has been a great friend, boss and mentor. I wish him well in his new position and look forward to working with him at that level."

Duncan said his main focus in his new role will concentrate on amplifying the DPS mission in a three-pronged approach: within the organization, with the general public and with allied agencies at all levels.

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Scott T. Duncan Biography

1186 East 1200 South
Springville, Utah 84663
(801) 489-0351 (Home)
(801) 243-8793 (Cell)

Professional Accomplishments:

Developed and initiated a "freedom-based" work environment to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP). This is an accountability program aimed at harnessing individual strengths and talents and encouraging "intrinsic" buy-in to the mission and objectives of the UHP. The results have been extremely positive and measurable.

  • Morale is at an all-time high within the UHP as measured by the annual Internal Customer Survey.

  • Total fatal crashes on highways assigned to UHP personnel are at an all-time low. Utah is a leader in the country when it comes to alcohol-related and commercial vehicle-related fatalities.

  • Voluntary compliance with Utah's secondary enforcement seat belt law is among the best in the country--88%.

  • External customer service is rated as very good to excellent as measured by the UHP's Annual External Customer Survey.

Initiated a quarterly Leadership Seminar Program for all mid to upper level managers within the UHP.

  • UHP supervisors and managers have had the opportunity to learn effective management and leadership techniques from proven leaders such as Jon Huntsman, Larry Miller and Bill Nelson.

  • UHP supervisors and managers are expected to "take their turn" in facilitating and leading a leadership seminar.

Obtained the approval and funding for many officer-safety and homeland security tools.

  • Laptop computers are now in every UHP vehicle throughout the state. Software and technical support have been provided to keep the UHP on the "cutting edge" when it comes to technological tools.

  • A weapon transition occurred that was almost without cost to the taxpayer, yet provided better security for the individual trooper.

  • Created the Utah Criminal Intelligence Center which compiles current intelligence and provides that intelligence to all agencies throughout the state.

Education/Professional Development:
1995 Masters Degree in Public Administration Brigham Young University
1995 Graduate--FBI National Academy Quantico, Virginia
1990 Bachelors Degree in Political Science SUU--Cedar City, Utah
(Graduating class Valedictorian)
1986 Associate Degree in Police Science SUU--Cedar City, Utah
1986 Executive Management Forum Certificate University of Utah
Professional Experience:
2001-Present Superintendent-Utah Highway Patrol (UHP)
  Responsible for the leadership, management and supervision of all employees assigned to the UHP, State Crime Laboratory and the Utah Highway Safety Office.
1996-Present Adjunct Professor-Columbia College-West Valley City, UT.
  Teach criminal justice and political science classes in management and ethics.
1999-2001 Director-Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (MVED)
  Responsible for the leadership, management and supervision of all employees assigned to MVED, a division of the Utah State Tax Commission.
1976-1999 Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain-UHP
  Worked for the UHP in a variety of capacities in several parts of the state.
1971-1994 Soldier-Utah National Guard
  Retired from the Utah National Guard after a variety of assignments with two different units (116th Engineer Company and the 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion) -- including active duty during Operation Desert Storm.
Awards/Honors/Personal Accomplishments:
2005 Utah Department of Public Safety--Public Safety Star
1984 & 1995 Finisher-St. George Marathon (PR 3:23:24)
1986 Utah Department of Public Safety--Distinguished Service Medal
1979 Trooper of the Year

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Robert L. Flowers, Commissioner Utah Department of Public Safety Biographical Information

Appointed the Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) by Governor Michael Leavitt in December, 2000. Re-appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman in January 2005.

Including Olympic Security Director for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, responsible for coordinating and directing the efforts of public safety personnel from more than 40 states, federal and local agencies. This activity involved overseeing the design and implementation of the nation's first significant homeland security operation, post 9-11.

As Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety. Responsibilities included:

  • Utah Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigations
  • Highway Safety Division
  • Peace Officer Standards and Training (4 Academies)
  • Three State Crime Labs
  • Six Communication Centers
  • State Division of Driver License
  • Division of Emergency Services and Homeland Security
  • Intermountain Training and Education Center
  • Law enforcement services to the Salt Lake Community College (the largest community college in Utah)
  • State Homeland Security Bureau

Prior to appointment as Commissioner, served as Chief of Police in St. George, Utah.


Master of Arts and Security Studies Homeland Defense and Security Program Naval Post Graduate School Graduated, 2004 Monterey, California

Homeland Defense and Security, Master of Arts Degree Program

Bachelor of Science Political Science University of Utah Graduated,1986 Salt Lake City, Utah


  • 176 Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA
  • National Executive Institute (NEI), leadership development for major city, county, and state chief executives.
  • Law Enforcement Executive Development Institute.
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