Support For Those Who Serve And Protect

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A Texas safe for all. That is the heart of what drives the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who strive daily to serve and protect the State of Texas, truly making it a home safe for all.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation is a community-focused nonprofit organization that develops innovative projects to support DPS officers and employees through community connections, educational advancement, service recognition, financial assistance, and professional development.

28000 texans. 10000 dps employees. 1 massive job: safety
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The Foundation brings together communities, individuals, corporations, and philanthropy to build strong support for law enforcement efforts.

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The Foundation supports DPS employees and their families’ educational pursuits.

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When a DPS employee faces hardship due to a natural disaster or injury in the line of duty, the Foundation steps in to aid DPS families.

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DPS employees go beyond the call of duty each and every day. The Foundation seeks to recognize this incredible service and sacrifice to keep Texans safe.

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DPS has a powerful legacy of service and excellence due to its well-trained, highly-educated, and motivated employees. The Foundation enhances this legacy by supporting ongoing professional development.


Your contributions are vital to expand the impact of the Foundation through its initiatives.


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Colleen McHughTexas DPS Foundation

Colleen McHugh


Colleen McHugh is a highly-regarded Texas business woman, public servant, and lawyer with a distinguished record of public and professional service. She was the first woman Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and of the Texas Public Safety Commission. As Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Ms. McHugh chaired the Health Affairs Committee. She served as the Board of Regents Athletics Liaison and on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Investment Management Company. UTIMCO is the first investment corporation formed by a public university system and oversees investments for The University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems.
The lawyers of Texas elected Ms. McHugh State Bar of Texas President for the 1996-1997 term. As President, Ms. McHugh led the successful legislative effort to increase legal services funding for disadvantaged Texans. She was the first women to chair the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.
A strategic adviser and goal-oriented thinker, Ms. McHugh is recognized for her innovative and pragmatic approach to managing complex issues and solving difficult problems. Business leaders rely on her good judgment, communications skills, and problem-solving ability. Ms. McHugh formerly served as Vice President, Compliance, Risk Management and Privacy Officer for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.
Ms. McHugh is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the highly regarded American Law Institute, the organization responsible for publishing the Restatement of Law series. Ms. McHugh has also earned the distinction of election to the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Remeditex Ventures, LLC, and served on the Board of Directors for American Bank, N.A. (2003-2017).
Ms. McHugh received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Tome Clowe Texas DPS Foundation

C. Tom Clowe, Jr.

Chair of the Board

Tom Clowe has served as the senior executive of many major corporations and organizations over a fifty-year period in the United States and Canada.
Tom is widely known and respected for his motivational skills and a positive, hands-on management style that has transformed several corporate cultures, advanced government agencies, and dramatically increased productivity and profitability in those organizations. With a long background in the transportation and logistics industry as well as the public sector, Tom has successfully steered companies through sweeping transportation and utility deregulation.
Governor Rick Perry appointed Tom as a Commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety in March of 2008. Tom was responsible for an extensive reorganization of the agency and the search for a new Executive Director in 2009. Governor George W. Bush appointed Tom to the Lottery Commission in 1998, where he served as Chairman for six years of his 10-year tenure on the Commission.
Tom spent many years in the private sector before his years of public service. He retired as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning for the Southern Union Company in 1998. Previously he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Missouri Gas Energy; Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer for Central Freight Lines; and was the first Executive Director for the Texas Railroad Commission.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, has completed management courses at Harvard Business School and was a pilot in the United States Air Force.

Lamar Beckworth Texas DPS Foundation

Lamar Beckworth

Vice Chair, Memorial Committee Chair

Colonel Lamar Beckworth joined the Texas Department of Public Safety on May 24, 1978, and was assigned to the Driver License Service in Irving after graduating from the DPS Academy. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol Service in Kilgore for five years. He served as Sergeant, Highway Patrol Service, in Brownfield; Lieutenant, Highway Patrol Service, in Garland; and Major, Texas Highway Patrol, in Lubbock. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol Division on September 1, 2002. He was appointed Interim Assistant Director on September 1, 2008; Interim Director on May 6, 2009, and appointed as the Department’s first Deputy Director on August 1, 2009.

Jim Savage Texas DPS Foundation

James A. Savage, Jr.

Vice Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair

Jim Savage is an experienced security consultant specializing in protective strategies for the energy industry. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Security for Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in Dallas. He was responsible for all matters relating to the protection of personnel, critical corporate assets, pro-active preventive strategies and emergency preparedness programs. The innovative security strategies he helped develop at Hunt represented the best thinking from a diverse set of practitioners including those in the military, law enforcement, medical community and high reliability organizations which are committed to success through continuous learning, training and adaptation.

Before joining Hunt, Savage was formerly Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Protective Research in the U.S. Secret Service and held a number of notable assignments to include representation of the Secret Service Office during its transition to the newly created Department of Homeland Security. He also co-pioneered the Secret Service Critical System Protection Initiative (CSPI) in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to identify and mitigate technology based risks that could compromise conventional physical security measures used to protect personnel and critical assets. Savage also participated in the Legislative Fellows Program of the U.S. Senate as a professional staff member for the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information.

He holds several memberships including the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International, ISMA (International Security Management Association), and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police). He is a board member for the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of AFAUSSS (Association of Former Agents of U.S. Secret Service) and a founding member of the Operational Medicine Education Fund, a 501(c) 3 organization created in conjunction with the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation which is dedicated to training public safety officers in critical trauma care.

Savage earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979, has completed numerous government sponsored management programs and is a graduate of the U. S. Government Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program.

P. Scott Martin

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Mr. Martin has over 34 years of experience in finance and accounting in the oil and gas industry. He has held previous positions as Vice President for Petex Production Company and as Chief Financial Officer for Lewis Energy Group. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and Economics from Marietta College. Scott is a member of the American Financial Association and maintains numerous contacts in the energy lending arena.

Jerry Patterson Texas DPS Foundation

Jerry Patterson

Grant Committee Chair

Born in Houston, Texas in 1946 Jerry Patterson graduated from Texas A&M University in 1969 and after receiving his commission in the United States Marine Corps, volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1972. He was later designated as a Naval Flight Officer and served in Marine fighter squadrons until his retirement from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.
Five consecutive generations of Patterson’s family have served our nation in time of war.
Patterson’s cites his major legislative successes as a state senator for SD-11 as the passage of the historic concealed handgun law, a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending, the state coastal-management plan and the creation of the Texas State Veterans Home Program. An advocate for his fellow veterans, he was chairman of the first Veterans Affairs committee in the Texas Senate.
Patterson resides in Austin and has four children, twins Samantha and Cole, and Emily and Travis.

Darrell Taylor Texas DPS Foundation

Darrell Taylor


Darrell Scott Taylor was born and raised in San Antonio Texas, and joined H-E-B in 1992 as a Criminal Justice intern with the University of Texas at San Antonio.

After graduation, Darrell was hired as a Central Station monitor on the H-E-B Arsenal Security team at corporate headquarters.  Several leadership positions in H-E-B’s Waco and Austin Regions resulted in his receiving an H-E-B scholarship to complete a Master of Science Degree in Criminology from Southwest Texas State University.

During this time, he developed the Analysis in Loss Prevention curriculum for Northern Michigan University’s loss prevention BS degree.

Darrell moved back to San Antonio in 2001 to become the Corporate Director of Loss Prevention and Security for H-E-B and was promoted to Vice President of Loss Prevention and Security in 2007.

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 100,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. H-E-B is the largest private employer in Texas and one of the 15 largest privately held companies in the U.S.

Darrell and his wife currently reside in San Antonio Texas.


Your contributions are vital to expand the impact of the Foundation through its initiatives.


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  • Mr. Scott Anderson
    Co-Owner Anderson Oil Ltd.
  • Mr. Ernest Angelo Jr.
    Petroleum Engineer, Managing Partner Discovery Exploration
  • Mr. J. Kyle Bass
    Founder and Chief Investment Officer Hayman Capital Management, L.P.
  • Mr. Lamar Beckworth (Vice Chair)
    Retired Colonel
    Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Mr. Allen E. Blakemore
    Blakemore Associates
  • The Honorable Dan Branch
    Former State House Representative Attorney Shareholder Winstead PC
  • Mr. Greg Anderson(Director)
    US Security Operations
    Valero Energy Corporation
  • Mr. C. Tom Clowe, Jr. (Chair of the Board)
  • Mr. Tony Leal
    President, General Partner
    Premier Protection and Investigations
  • Mr. P. Scott Martin (Treasurer)
    President CEO
    Black Brush Oil Gas, L.P.
  • Ms. Linda McCaul
    Mays Family Foundation
  • The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson. Jr.
    U. S. Ambassador to Sweden (Ret.)
  • The Honorable Jerry Patterson
    Former State Senator, Former Texas Land Commissioner
    Retired Lieutenant Colonel, USMC
  • Mr. Brett Ringle
    Remeditex Ventures
  • Mr. James A. Savage, Jr. (Vice Chair)
    Senior Vice President Global Security
    Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • The Honorable Todd Staples
    Former Commissioner of Agriculture
    Texas Oil & Gas Association
  • The Honorable John Steen
    Former Texas Secretary of State
  • Mr. Darrell Taylor (Secretary)
    Vice President of Loss Prevention and Security
  • Mr. David M. Weeks
    Weeks Co
  • Mr. Leslie Ward
    President of Legislative & External Affairs


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  • Ms. Carin Marcy Barth 
    LB Capital, Inc.
  • The Honorable John W. Fainter, Jr.
    Former Texas Secretary of State
  • The Honorable Antonio Garza
    U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (Ret.)
    Counsel, White & Case/Mexico
  • Mr. Lamar Beckworth
    Retired Colonel
    Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Ms. Sarita Armstrong Hixon Armstrong Ranch
    Kenedy County Commissioner, Precinct 3
  • Mr. Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, USN (Ret.)
    Professor, UT Austin
  • Mr. Ronald Krist
    The Krist Law Firm, P.C.
  • Ms. Harriet Miers
    Locke Lord LLP
  • Mr. Allan Polunsky
    Managing Partner
    Polunsky Beitel Green, LLP
  • Mr. William R. Starkey, Sr.
    Retired Banker/Rancher
  • Mr. Bartell Zachry
    President, CEO
    Zachry Interests, Inc.