D. Lance Davenport, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
D. Lance Davenport was appointed commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety in January 2009. Davenport oversees a 1,300-employee department whose mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for all people throughout the State of Utah. Of the 10 divisions, the two largest are the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and the Driver License Division. Also included are the Bureau of Criminal Identification, Division of Emergency Management, Peace Officer Standards and Training, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Forensic Services, State Bureau of Investigation and Highway Safety Office.
Davenport began his career with the Utah Highway Patrol in 1984, and worked his way through the ranks. He served in UHP field operations in Millard, Cache, Salt Lake, Davis, Box Elder and Rich Counties. He also served in the executive protection unit during the Bangerter and Leavitt administrations, and in the State Bureau of Investigation. In 2006, Davenport was appointed superintendent of the UHP where he served until his appointment as commissioner.
Davenport, a graduate of Grandview High School in Washington State, earned an Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Weber State University in 2001 and graduated cum laude from WSU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2010 graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. Davenport also completed the Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Utah in 1998.
Davenport and his wife are the proud parents of five children and grandparents of five. They are active in their church and enjoy many hobbies including: all sports, mostly as spectators these days, reading and eating out. Davenport enjoys biking and eating his wife’s cooking. Their favorite pastime is spending time with family.