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) Manny Flores, Jr. Austin, 12-31-2017
A. Cynthia "Cindy" Leon Mission, 01-01-2020
Jason Pulliam San Antonio, 02-01-2022
Randy Watson Burleson, 01-01-2018

Regional Commanders

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Garland Vacant (214) 861-2460
Houston Commander Duane Steen (281) 517-1210
Weslaco Commander Joe Rodriguez (956) 565-7100
El Paso Commander Orlando Alanis (915) 849-4051
Lubbock Commander Gary Albus (806) 740-8711
San Antonio Commander Freeman Martin (210) 531-4325
Capitol District Commander Joe Ortiz (512) 463-3472


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Director Steven McCraw (512) 424-7771
Deputy Director Law Enforcement David Baker (512) 424-7774
General Counsel Phillip Adkins (512) 424-2890
Inspector General Rhonda Fleming (512) 424-2054
Chief Auditor Catherine Melvin (512) 424-7573
Division Director Highway Patrol Ron Joy (512) 424-2113
Division Director Texas Rangers Randall Prince (512) 424-7700
Division Director Criminal Investigations Thomas G. Ruocco (512) 424-2130
Division Director Intelligence and Counter Terrorism John Jones (512) 424-5768
Division Director Aircraft Operations Billy Nabors (512) 936-9201
Division Director Driver License Amanda Arriaga (512) 424-5232
Division Director Division of Emergency Management Chief W. Nim Kidd (512) 424-2443
Division Director Regulatory Licensing RenEarl Bowie (512) 424-7731
Division Director Law Enforcement Support David Baker (512) 424-7901
Division Director Administration Jessica Ballew (512) 424-7772
Division Director Finance Suzy Whittenton (512) 424-2075
Division Director Information Tech. Div. Bryan Lane (512) 424-2280
Chief Government Relations Amy Clay (512) 486-6450
Assistant Division Director Media/Communications Katherine Cesinger (512) 424-2011
Assistant Division Director Equal Employment Opportunity Nathanael Haddox (512) 424-5213
Assistant Division Director Government Relations Kevin Meade (512) 424-5076


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 2019.