News Release

August 15, 2012

DPS Bids Farewell to Ranger Chief

Operation Drawbridge and life-saving efforts by investigator also recognized
AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC), Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Gov. Rick Perry today honored retiring Texas Ranger Chief Hank Whitman after 22 years of service with DPS. At the same PSC meeting today, the Border Security Operations Center (BSOC) was honored for the groundbreaking border camera program known as Operation Drawbridge, and Criminal Investigations Agent Cabora Domingue received an award for saving the life of a fellow agent.

"Agent Domingue did what comes natural to DPS officers, coming to the aid of people in need and potentially saving a colleague’s life," said Director McCraw. "The men and women of the BSOC and Operation Drawbridge help make Texas more secure by leveraging technology to monitor illegal activity along the border with Mexico and immediately alerting appropriate authorities to take enforcement action. Retiring Texas Ranger Chief Hank Whitman will be missed by the state of Texas. We are grateful for his service, integrity, passion, leadership and his contributions to the safety and security of all Texans during his distinguished career as a public servant."

Gov. Perry personally thanked Chief Whitman for his service and presented the former U.S. Marine with a commission as an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy.

"For over 30 years, Hank has served his country and his state with the type of honor and professionalism that is expected of a Texas Ranger," said Gov. Perry. "He is part of an elite group of individuals who put on a badge every day and selflessly commit to protecting the innocent from the evil. Anita and I will be forever grateful for his devotion to Texas and wish him well for an enjoyable retirement."

The following awards were presented today:

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