AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw this month approved the appointment of Joe Peters as Assistant Director (AD) of the DPS Driver License Division. Peters had served as interim AD of the division since June, and his promotion was approved during the recent PSC meeting.
“I have absolute confidence that with his proven leadership and unequivocal integrity, AD Peters will successfully lead the Driver License Division and continue the department’s efforts to enhance customer service operations and improve technological capabilities necessary to provide superior service to the people of Texas,” said Director McCraw.
AD Peters has served the state for approximately three decades, beginning that service as a state trooper in 1968 when he joined DPS. In addition, he completed three years of military service as an Army Criminal Investigation Division agent at Ft. Meade, Md., and South Korea.
After holding various positions within DPS, he ultimately retired as a sergeant with the Texas Rangers in 1998. After retirement, he worked with the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas as interoperable communications project manager and later as the director of the Border Research and Technology Center in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
In January 2012, AD Peters rejoined DPS as Special Assistant to the Director, and was instrumental in helping the department obtain critical resources and funding during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) earning a bachelor’s degree, and is licensed as a Master Peace Officer.
He replaces Rebecca Davio.
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