John J. Barthelmes is the appointed Commissioner of Safety. The Commissioner is appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Executive Council, to serve a term of four years. He represents the public interest in the administration of the Department of Safety and is responsible to the Governor, the General Court and to the public for such administration. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
In 1996, Mr. Barthelmes was appointed Director of the New Hampshire State Police and had most recently served as the Director for the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program under the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The current term of office for Commissioner Barthelmes runs through March 2019.