RenEarl Bowie, Assistant Director
RenEarl Bowie is the Assistant Director in charge of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division.
During RenEarl’s 20-year career, he has distinguished himself as a leader with DPS. After beginning his career in 1994 as a State Trooper assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol, he transferred to the Criminal Intelligence Service where he promoted to Sergeant, and later to Lieutenant. In 2004, RenEarl transferred to the Administration Division to supervise the Recruiting Bureau. In 2005, he transferred to the Private Security Bureau Investigations Section to oversee enforcement activities, advancing to Captain in 2008. Capt. Bowie promoted to his current position of Assistant Director in 2009.
He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with his bachelor's degree in 1993 and his master’s degree in 1999, both in criminal justice. He has served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice for Austin Community College, Concordia University - Austin and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety - Evanston.
RenEarl's focus is on the consolidation of five legacy regulatory programs into one unified division that combines resources to license and regulate all of these programs in a more effective and efficient manner.
Oscar Ybarra, Deputy Assistant Director
Oscar Ybarra is the Deputy Assistant Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division.
Joining the division in 2012, Oscar was attracted to RSD because of its “drive to accept change, and create solutions and systems to better serve Texans.” He’s been with DPS since 1994. His most recently assigned area was the Finance Division where he served for over 15 years. For the past 8 years, he has been working closely with Department leadership and the Texas Legislature, presenting the Agency’s budgetary needs. He said he has the utmost respect for DPS, its mission and employees. “DPS touches all Texans, either directly or indirectly, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
When Oscar graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, he set three professional goals for himself: utilize his education, build a future and have a family. He began his career in the private banking industry while working closely with distressed assets and Wall Street firms.
Oscar was born and raised in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, graduating from Mercedes High School in 1984. He’s the son of a United States Air Force father and educator mother. As the eighth of 10 children, he said he was taught to work hard, respect others by using sirs and ma’ams, and be down-to-earth and personable. He and his wife, Patricia, have two daughters and one son. He’s a self –proclaimed “lake bum,” who enjoys fishing, hunting and baseball.
JoJo Heselmeyer, Senior Manager Compliance & Enforcement Service (CES)
JoJo is the Senior Manager responsible for the compliance and enforcement activities of the Regulatory Services Division. JoJo is a passionate public servant, grounded in her belief that appropriate regulations promote health and safety and, therefore, contribute directly to saving the lives of Texans.
JoJo began her career with DPS in 1988. Her leadership skills were quickly recognized and, as a result, JoJo has served the agency in a leadership capacity for the majority of her career. The Regulatory Services Division (RSD) benefits from her wide array of experience, having worked in various programs within the Driver License Division and the Texas Highway Patrol Division during her 25-plus years.
JoJo served as the Vehicle Safety Inspection (VSI) chairman for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 1999, JoJo received a Director’s Citation Award for implementing the State Inspection Database System (SIDS) and played a key role in the development and implementation of the Texas Automated Vehicle Inspection System (TAVIS).
JoJo’s strong leadership skills and expertise in process improvement provides the driving force behind RSD’s lean, efficient initiative moving forward.
Christopher Sims, Senior Manager Licensing & Registration Service (LRS)
Christopher Sims is the Senior Manager responsible for licensing and registration operations of the Regulatory Services Division (RSD), overseeing application intake through issuance for the regulatory programs entrusted to DPS. Chris began his employment with RSD in October 2015.
Chris graduated from Texas Tech University in 1994 with degrees in English and Political Science. In 1996, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Tech.
Chris began working for the City of Dallas in 1997, and was quickly promoted to the office of the Mayor and City Council. He spent the next three-and-a-half years working on a variety of important issues helping to shape the city. In 2000, Chris accepted a position with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department. He was the sole Police Policy Analyst, Accreditation Manager and member of the Senior Staff. In his seven-year tenure, he led two successful national accreditation on-sites and served as a member of the police department's leadership team.
In September 2007, Chris accepted a position with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the past eight years, Chris served as a member of the Senior Staff for TDA and managed multiple areas including Licensing, Emergency Management, Facilities, Fleet/Transportation, Records and Risk Management for the statewide agency.
Jere C. Ferguson, Senior Manager Operations and Shared Services (OSS)
Jere Ferguson is the Senior Manager of Operations & Shared Services, managing and coordinating regulatory public safety functions including division operations, administration, quality management, process auditing and improvement. In this position, he provides direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning.
Jere brings a wealth of professional knowledge to the department. Jere has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the private sector. He has held leadership positions such as vice-president, chief operating officer, president, and chief executive officer in both public and privately held companies. He has 30 years of active and reserve experience in the U.S. Navy, and retired as Captain (O-6). He was recalled to active duty as a field commander during Desert Storm.
Jere’s experience in lean operations and transformational leadership are helping to drive the department’s efforts to meet its visions of being Lean, Efficient, Nimble and Scalable.
Jay Alexander, Major
Regulatory Crimes Service
Major Jay Alexander is the commander of the Regulatory Crimes Service (RCS), which is responsible for compliance, enforcement, evaluation, investigations, investigative support, and monitoring of the Regulatory Services Division (RSD) programs. He is also the program manager and liaison for all regulatory program investigations conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
Alexander began his career with DPS as a trooper in the Texas Highway Patrol. He promoted to sergeant and then to lieutenant before transferring to the Office of Inspector General, where he rose to the rank of captain.
In 2010, Alexander was selected for captain in the recently created RSD. In this position, he was responsible for the oversight and building of RCS. In 2012, Alexander was appointed to major in RSD.
Alexander holds a master's certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and he teaches and speaks about regulatory programs. Alexander is known for his leadership abilities and he believes supporting, training and equipping personnel are the keys to providing effective oversight of programs.
Alexander is very proud and honored to lead such a highly effective and exceptional group of personnel. He credits each of them for making RCS a success. He and the RCS team strive each day to fulfill the division's mission to protect and serve the citizens of Texas through proactive enforcement of program statutes and rules.