Public safety, social services directors seek confirmation from Navajo Nation Council

Noel Lyn Smith The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The confirmation process is beginning for two more people appointed to executive director positions in Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye's administration.

The nominations of Jesse Delmar as executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Terrelene G. Massey as executive director of the Division of Social Services are the focus of two bills posted this week on the Navajo Nation Council's website.

Both divisions are within the executive branch, and tribal law mandates the president make the appointments and the council confirm the selections.

Delegate Otto Tso is sponsoring the bill containing Delmar's confirmation.

Delmar was appointed to the position in late May, replacing John Billison, who had managed the division since February 2011.

Delmar served as chief of police for the Fort McDowell Police Department on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona, according to a press release from the president's office.

He earned a bachelor's degree in administration of criminal justice from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI National Academy.

Delmar was vice president of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also served as president of the Indian Country Intelligence Network in Arizona.

Delegate Jonathan Hale is sponsoring the bill requesting Massey's confirmation.

Massey was among the first appointments made by Begaye in early May, and she replaced Sharon Begay-McCabe, who served as the executive director under then-Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's administration.

Massey is from Piñon, Ariz., and earned a law degree and certificate in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, according to the president's office.

She has a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.