The Texas Department of Public Safety announced the selection of Randall Prince as the new Texas Ranger Chief in Austin.

Prince is a native of Waco, but has most recently served the South Plains as the regional commander of DPS region 5 in Lubbock.

Prince began his career with DPS in East Texas. In 1989 he started as a Highway Patrol trooper in Navasota which is approximately 75 miles northwest of Houston and was promoted to a Motor Vehicle Theft sergeant in Conroe in 1996.

In 2002 Prince was promoted to a lieutenant with the Texas Rangers in Houston and made the transition to Lubbock in 2005 where he rose the ranks to be named as regional commander in 2011.

Prince said he was grateful to be part of a law enforcement tradition with a rich history.

The Texas Rangers are fiercely dedicated to protecting the state of Texas, and I am honored and humbled to have been selected and understand the trust that has been placed in me.”