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.

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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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Darrell Taylor Texas DPS Foundation

Darrell S. Taylor

President and Chair of the Board

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.

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.

Scott Anderson


Scott Anderson was born in Denver, Colorado in 1958. Graduated The Kinkaid School in 1976. Graduated The University of Texas in Austin with a B.S. in petroleum engineering in 1980. Started working at Anderson Oil after graduation, opened and ran Appalachian Basin office in Lexington Ky. from 1981-85. Moved back to Houston and continues to co-manage all Anderson Oil assets with his brothers. Scott married Diana Darmstadter in 1987. Scott and Diana have 2 children. Scott is a past chairman of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners (TIPRO), the past chairman of the Post Oak (Trotter) YMCA, and past chairman of the St. Martin’s Episcopal Endowment. Scott sits on the State of Texas Elevator and Escalator Advisory Board, the board of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USOGA), the advisory board of Amegy Bank, the board of the Department of Public Safety Foundation, and is a life member of the 100 Club, CCA, and Texas Exes.


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


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  • Mr. Scott Anderson
  • Mr. Ernest Angelo Jr.
    Petroleum Engineer, Managing Partner Discovery Exploration
  • Mr. J. Kyle Bass
    Founder and Chief Investment Officer Hayman Capital Management, L.P.
  • The Honorable Dan Branch
    Former State House Representative Attorney Shareholder Winstead PC
  • Mr. Greg Anderson
    US Security Operations
    Valero Energy Corporation
  • Mr. David McArthur
    President and Founder
    OnPoint Strategies
  • Mr. Tony Leal
    President, General Partner
    Premier Protection and Investigations
  • Mr. P. Scott Martin (Treasurer)
    President CEO
    Black Brush Oil Gas, L.P.
  • The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson. Jr.
    U. S. Ambassador to Sweden (Ret.)
  • Ms. Leslie Ward
    President of Legislative & External Affairs
  • Mr. Darrell S. Taylor
    President and Chair of the Board
  • Mr. Trent Stout
    Managing Partner
    Hand2Hand Industries
  • Mr. James A. Savage, Jr. (Vice Chair)
    Senior Vice President Global Security
    Security Consultant Specializing in Protective Strategies
  • The Honorable Todd Staples
    Former Commissioner of Agriculture
    Texas Oil & Gas Association
  • The Honorable John Steen
    Former Texas Secretary of State
  • Mr. Bruce Kates
    Kates Consulting, LLC
    Retired Journalist & Communications Executive
  • Mr. Hank Sibley
    Regional Director (Ret.)
    Texas Department of Pubic Safety


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  • The Honorable Antonio Garza
    U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (Ret.)
    Counsel, White & Case/Mexico
  • Ms. Sarita Armstrong Hixon Armstrong Ranch
    Kenedy County Commissioner, Precinct 3
  • Ms. Colleen McHugh
    Kenedy County Commissioner, Precinct 3
  • Mr. Allan Polunsky
    Managing Partner
    Polunsky Beitel Green, LLP
  • Mr. William R. Starkey, Sr.
    Retired Banker/Rancher