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DPS creates new DL Division
Some 1,700 DPS employees are receiving their paychecks under a new budget code this month.
The Public Safety Commission voted June 2 to create the new Driver License Division, consolidating all of the agency's driver license functions. The new division combines:
Michael Anderson was named Chief of the new division. A 32-year DPS veteran, Anderson served the past 11 years as the Assistant Chief of Administration in charge of DLCS. Before that, he headed the Staff Support Service for three years.
"Four years of planning has culminated in the creation of the new division," said Col. Dudley M. Thomas. "Drawing all driver license functions together under one boss will improve our operations. Chief Anderson will look for ways to improve efficiency, and that may mean reallocating some resources."
The new division will be divided into field and headquarters sections. Frank Elder, the deputy administrator of DLCS, was named assistant chief in charge of the headquarters section. Elder has worked 24 years for DPS and served as the Region VI Driver License Captain before moving to headquarters.
An assistant chief for the field section will be selected later.
"I'm excited about the opportunity, and I look forward to getting to really know and work with the personnel in our field offices," Chief Anderson said. "Our employees both at headquarters and in the field do an outstanding job day in and day out. As a team, we will work together to improve our service by being more accessible and convenient to the citizens of Texas."
-- Sherri Deatherage Green
Dear fellow employees:
DPS has only awarded 14 Medals of Valor in its history, three of them June 2.
On Jan. 6, a distraught man arrived at the Sulphur Springs DL office with a box he claimed was a bomb. Despite chances to leave along with the others they evacuated, HP Troopers Cody Sanders and George Harris and Ranger Sgt. Danny Rhea stayed for more than an hour talking with the man. The suspect eventually pointed a gun at the officers. Rhea had to make the toughest decision any officer ever faces -- taking one life to save others.
It was my honor to present these medals to Sanders, Harris and Rhea, who exemplified that day what courtesy, service, protection -- and courage -- are all about.
Employee input will be critical in getting the new Driver License Division off the ground. Discuss your ideas with your supervisor, or send them to me through the formal suggestion procedure. I've responded to about 30 suggestions since that program began last year. I can't always say "yes," but I value your ideas. Boxes are being installed at DPS offices so you can more conveniently submit budgetary and managerial ideas to me and workplace safety suggestions to our safety committees.
Col. Dudley M. Thomas
"Texas' seat belt laws have been around for nearly 13 years now," said DPS Director Col. Dudley M. Thomas. "There's no excuse for Texas drivers not to know about the law and not to buckle up. So, there's really no need for warnings. The goal of any enforcement program is voluntary citizen compliance."
Risk management award
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