AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today announced the promotion of two DPS employees to leadership positions within the department. Rhonda Fleming has been named Inspector General of DPS, and Amanda Arriaga has been promoted to Assistant Director of Administration. James F. (Frank) Woodall Jr. was also recently promoted to Assistant Director of the Education, Training and Research Division.
“With her extensive experience and proven leadership, Rhonda Fleming is the perfect choice as the new DPS Inspector General. Even on day one of this new post, sheíll make history by becoming the first female commissioned officer at DPS to ever serve at this level of leadership,” said PSC Chair Cynthia Leon. “We are confident that with her knowledge, dedication and integrity, she will continue to make history and serve the department and people of Texas well in this new role.”
“Amanda Arriaga has served the department well in several capacities since joining us in 2009, including working with the Texas Legislature and working with the various divisions at DPS to enhance internal planning and protocols. She will no doubt continue to successfully apply her significant experience and skills in carrying out her new duties as assistant director,” said Director McCraw. “After years of leading and improving the Education, Training and Research team, it is fitting that Frank Woodall now serves at the helm of this newly formed division. I have absolute confidence that his experience and leadership will further improve this division as well as enhance our departmentís ability to meet our goals.”
With the promotion to Inspector General (IG), Rhonda Fleming will become the first female commissioned officer in the history of the department to serve in such a senior-level position. IG Fleming most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the DPS Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO), where she successfully directed and oversaw the activities of the EEO, including the implementation of department policies regarding equal employment opportunity. She was responsible for the investigation of claims of discrimination and/or sexual harassment and unprofessional conduct. IG Fleming provided invaluable contributions in developing instructional employment videos and a web-based EEO educational program. Prior to joining the EEO, she had already served the department for 25 years Ė most recently as the field major for the Driver License Division (DLD), and as commander for the Fraud Investigation Unit of the DLD. She graduated from Angelo State University, earning a bachelorís degree in psychology. IG Fleming has successfully completed the Administrative Officerís Course offered through the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and the Governorís Executive Development Program, Class XXIV. She replaces DPS IG Stuart Platt, who recently announced his retirement from the department.
Assistant Director (AD) Amanda Arriaga will be responsible for overseeing agency contracts, projects, facilities and human resource issues. Arriaga previously served as the chief of the DPS Policy, Projects and Portfolio Management Office, overseeing all department enterprise projects. She also previously served as a senior advisor to Gov. Rick Perry for homeland security issues. AD Arriaga is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law. She is the president-elect of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and chair of the Project Management Special Interest Group for the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communication.
AD Frank Woodall is responsible for overseeing the departmentís Education, Training and Research Division, an office which was recently elevated to a division level. AD Woodall began working for DPS in 1972, when he became a Texas Highway Patrol trooper. During the following three decades, he earned his way up the ranks, ultimately becoming captain of the DPS Training Academy in Austin. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the Director of Education and Training for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. AD Woodall returned to DPS in September 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Director and Chief Training Officer for the Education, Training and Research Office. He received a bachelorís degree in education from Tarleton State University, and is a graduate of the 151st Session of the FBI National Academy. AD Woodall is also a graduate of the United States Customs Canine Administrators School. He has received various awards throughout his career, including last year, when he received the Tom Stone FBI Ė Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in police management.
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