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Kirby Dendy named chief of Texas Rangers


Administrators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Texas Public Safety Commission have announced the appointment of Kirby Dendy as assistant director-chief in charge of the Texas Rangers, effective Saturday, Sept. 1.

Dendy had served as second in command of the Texas Rangers since 2011. His promotion follows the retirement of Ranger Chief Hank Whitman.

"Kirby has consistently upheld and shown an unwavering commitment to the values of this department, and he has demonstrated the leadership skills essential to serving as the head of the Texas Rangers," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Additionally, his extensive law enforcement experience - 41 years with DPS, including 25 as a Texas Ranger - makes him uniquely qualified to lead this unparalleled team of officers."

Dendy joined DPS in 1971 and worked as a Highway Patrol trooper and narcotics agent before his promotion to Texas Ranger in 1987 in Fort Worth. He was promoted to Ranger lieutenant in Midland in 1992 and captain of Company F in Waco in 1995.

He held that position until his promotion to deputy assistant director- assistant chief of the Texas Rangers in 2011.

"For almost 200 years, the Texas Rangers have excelled at protecting the lives and property of the citizens of this great state," said Dendy. "That tradition continues to be demonstrated daily by the dedicated, professional men and women who make up the Texas Ranger Division. It is quite humbling and an unbelievable honor to be chosen to lead them."

Dendy, who attended the University of Texas at Austin, is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command. His father retired as a Texas Ranger, and his son and son-in-law are Highway Patrol troopers.

The Texas Rangers Division oversees border security operations and is comprised of 213 employees, including 150 Texas Rangers. The Rangers Division also specializes in major incident crime investigations, unsolved crime/serial crime investigations, public corruption investigations and officer-involved shooting investigations.

Additionally, the Special Operations Group of the Texas Rangers includes the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Ranger Reconnaissance Team.

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