Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Public Safety, Texas Department of*

5 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

Agency #: 405 5805 N. Lamar Blvd.P.O. Box 4087Austin, TX 78773-0001


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Steven P. Mach Houston, 12-31-2022
Board Member(s) Nelda Luce Blair The Woodlands, 02-01-2026
Steve Stodghill Dallas, 01-01-2024
Position Vacant
Dale Wainwright Austin, 01-01-2026

Regional Directors

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Garland Hank Sibley (214) 861-2460
Houston Jason Taylor (281) 517-1210
Weslaco Victor Escalon (956) 565-7100
El Paso Orlando Alanis (915) 849-4319
Lubbock Joe Longway (806) 740-8711
San Antonio Todd Snyder (210) 531-4325
Capitol District David Cabrera (512) 463-3472


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Director Steven McCraw (512) 424-7771
Deputy Director Law Enforcement Operations Randall Prince (512) 424-7774
Deputy Director Homeland Security Operations Freeman Martin (512) 424-2368
Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Services Jeoff Williams (512) 424-7901
Chief, General Counsel Phillip Adkins (512) 424-2890
Chief, Office of Inspector General Phillip Ayala (512) 424-2054
Chief Auditor Catherine Melvin (512) 424-7573
Chief Highway Patrol Dwight Mathis (512) 424-2113
Chief Texas Rangers Chance Collins (512) 424-7700
Chief Criminal Investigations Thomas G. Ruocco (512) 424-2130
Chief Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Dale Avant (512) 424-5030
Chief Aircraft Operations Tim Ochsner (512) 424-0286
Chief Driver License Sheri Gipson (512) 424-7772
Chief Regulatory Licensing Wayne Mueller (512) 424-2100
Chief Infrastructure Operations Jessica Ballew (512) 424-5818
Chief CFO Finance Suzy Whittenton (512) 424-2075
Chief CIO Information Tech. Div. Bryan Lane (512) 424-2280
Chief of Government Relations Kevin Cooper (512) 424-7272
Chief Equal Employment Office Nathanael Haddox (512) 424-5213
Chief Dispute Resolution Officer Kevin Meade (512) 424-7417
Chief, Media & Communications Travis Considine (512) 424-2606


The Legislature created the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in 1935 by consolidating the Texas Rangers from the Adjutant General, and the Texas Highway Patrol from the State Highway Department. The Rangers trace their history to 1823 when Stephen F. Austin hired 10 men to protect the colonists, and the Highway Patrol dates back to the late 1920s. Today, DPS' mission is to protect and serve Texas. The agency accomplishes its mission through four main goals: combat crime and terrorism (including matters related to homeland security); enhance highway and public safety; enhance statewide emergency management; and enhance public safety licensing and regulatory services (including driver licenses, license to carry a handgun and private security occupational licenses). The agency regulates the private security industry through the Private Security Board, which is subject to review under the Sunset Act.
The commission formulates and oversees policies for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2031.