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Public Safety Commission

The Public Safety Commission oversees the DPS. Its five members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state senate for staggered, six-year terms.

Cynthia Leon

A. Cynthia "Cindy" Leon, Chair
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX  78773-0110

A. Cynthia "Cindy" Leon of Mission is a retired Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a life member of the Naval Reserve Association, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute and the Reserve Officers Association. She is also a member of the International Women's Forum and Leadership Texas, and past chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio Federal Executive Boards. She served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Leon earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. Leon is the current chair of the Public Safety Commission. Her term as a member expires on Jan. 1, 2016.

Carin Barth

Carin Marcy Barth, Member
P.O. Box 56048
Houston, TX  77256-6048

Barth is co-founder and president of LB Capital Inc., a private equity investment firm established in 1988. She serves on the board of Western Refining Inc., Encore Bancshares, Inc and is chairman of the Endowment at Texas Tech University. Additionally, she is a board member of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. She formerly served on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2004-2005. Barth received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She replaces Ernest Angelo of Midland, who formerly served as chairman of the commission, for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Randy Watson

Randy Watson, Member
610 West Daggett
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Randy Watson of Burleson is chairman and CEO of Justin Brands Inc., a division of Berkshire Hathaway. He is president of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, executive committee member of the Texas Future Farmers of America Foundation and Fort Worth Stock Show, and former vice chair of the Texas Ranger Association Foundation. Watson is a member of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, Texas Association of Business, University of Houston Letterman's Association, and Fort Worth Stock Show Calf Scramble Committee. He is also past president of the Joshua Independent School District Board of Trustees, past board member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, and a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He was appointed to the commission in December 2012, and his term expires Jan. 1, 2018.

Steven Mach

Steven Mach
PO Box 130630
Houston TX 77219-0630

Steven Mach of Houston was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission in November 2013. He is the vice president and CFO of Mach Industrial Group. Commissioner Mach is a life member of the Houston Police Foundation, 100 Club of Houston, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He is a board member of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas, Men of Distinction of Greater Houston, Harris County Sheriff's Office Foundation, Chi Delta Tau Foundation, Houston Business-Education Coalition, River Oaks Baptist School, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also a trustee of Trinity University, and a past president of the Trinity University Alumni Association. Mach serves as Vice President for Board Governance of the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees, and is one of its Governing Directors. He is also the President of the Houston Symphony Endowment, and is a past board chairman of Family Services of Greater Houston. Mach received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University. His term on the Public Safety Commission expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Manny Flores

Manny Flores
206 East Ninth Street
Austin, TX 78701

Manny Flores of Austin was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission on December 19, 2013. Flores is the CEO of LatinWorks. He is an advisory board member of Helping Hand Home for Children and United Way of Greater Austin Community Board, and a volunteer for SafePlace. He is also past co-chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Celebrando Austin event, and a past member of the St. Michaelís Academy Board of Trustees.

Flores received a bachelorís degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His term on the Public Safety Commission expires on December 31, 2017.

Commission meetings are held at the call of the Chairman. All meetings are open to the public and announced in the Texas Register and the Open Meetings website at The public is invited to attend all meetings.

Minutes are posted after they have been approved by the Commission.

Liaison for the PSC (512) 424-7771