She won’t be governor for at least 10 days. But Jan Brewer already is getting chauffeured around by the state Department of Public Safety, just like Janet Napolitano. 

 She won’t be governor for at least 10 days.

But Jan Brewer already is getting chauffeured around by the state Department of Public Safety, just like Janet Napolitano.

DPS Lt. James Warriner said a decision was made in late December to provide at least some security to the secretary of state who is in line to become governor once Napolitano is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Department of Homeland Security.

But Warriner said Brewer isn’t getting the same level of protection as the incumbent.

“We’ve assigned two of the current security guys to start giving her limited protection, which we traditionally do in the transition period,” he said. Warriner said it’s the same thing that would happen in an election year, between the election results becoming known and the new governor being sworn in the first week of January.

Brewer is being driven to and from her home each day. Warriner also said DPS is driving her to meetings she has during the day.

Warriner said taking two of the eight security officers away from Napolitano is not endangering the incumbent. And he said there is no additional cost to the state in overtime.

Once Brewer is sworn in — something that cannot happen before Jan. 20 — Warriner said she will get the same full security protection that Napolitano does. Warriner said he could not provide specifics for security reasons.

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