Laurie R. Doran has been appointed Acting Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), effective June 6, 2021. Doran will take over for Director Jared Maples, who is departing state service to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the National Hockey League (NHL).

“I am proud to appoint Laurie Doran to serve as Acting Director of NJOHSP,” said Governor Murphy. “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. I thank him for his years of service across multiple administrations.”

“Jared has been an incredible leader, mentor, and friend,” said Doran, incoming Acting Director of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. “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 Governor Murphy for this opportunity.”

Doran joined NJOHSP in April 2018 as Director of the Intelligence and Operations Division, after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with more than 32 years of service. At the CIA, she served as a Senior Manager and Operations Officer in the Directorate of Operations, serving overseas for the majority of her career.

Under Director Maples, Doran oversaw the activities of the Intelligence and Operations Division, collaborating with federal, State, and local partners on efforts related to counterterrorism and domestic terrorism, including other specific criminal matters with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and other law enforcement entities. Additionally, she implemented intelligence collection and outreach programs and resources to help NJOHSP meet its mission of keeping the residents and visitors of New Jersey safe.

Doran holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University.

“I want to thank Governor Murphy for the opportunity to serve New Jersey and build upon NJOHSP’s foundation,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. “I have full confidence that NJOHSP and our residents are in good hands with Laurie at the helm. Laurie’s breadth of experience in areas such as counterterrorism and counterintelligence has been immeasurable to our efforts in New Jersey and the nation.”

Maples has served as Director of NJOHSP since 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Administration for NJOHSP, and previously spent over a decade at the CIA and two years with the U.S. Department of Defense. Maples will transition to his role with the NHL as Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer on June 7.