Murphy names acting director of homeland security

Gov. Phil Murphy has named an acting director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Governor’s Office announced Friday.

Laurie R. Doran, the director of the office’s Intelligence and Operations Division, will serve in the post effective Sunday. She replaces Director Jared Maples, who is joining the National Hockey League as chief security officer.

“I am proud to appoint Laurie Doran to serve as acting director of NJOHSP,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “Laurie has served our country and our state honorably for over three decades, and she could not be more qualified for this role. At the same time, our loss in Jared is the NHL’s gain. He set a standard of excellence, integrity and honorable service that I am confident Laurie will continue to uphold.”

Doran joined the office in April 2018 after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency. During a 32-year career with the CIA, Doran served in roles including senior manager and operations officer in the Directorate of Operations.

“Jared has been an incredible leader, mentor and friend,” she said in a statement. “NJOHSP will continue to benefit from his leadership, guidance and efforts, and we wish him the very best in his new endeavor. I look forward to carrying on our mission, and thank Gov. Murphy for this opportunity.”