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News Release

July 6, 2018

In Case You Missed It: DPS Recognizes Lifesaving, Exceptional Efforts

AUSTIN - Last week, the Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Adolph Thomas Distinguished Service Awards, two Director’s Citations, nine Lifesaving Awards and two Director’s Awards. Several other DPS employees were also recognized during the meeting.

“The men and women being honored have demonstrated courage and dedication in varying situations,” said Director McCraw. “Each of these recipients represents Texas at its finest, and we are extremely proud to recognize them for their selflessness and commitment to protecting and serving their fellow Texans.”

The Adolph Thomas Distinguished Service Award was presented for the first time last week, and will be presented annually to one commissioned and one non-commissioned employee. The award is named after Adolph Thomas, who was the first black DPS Trooper. Thomas worked in Highway Patrol, Narcotics, served as Commander of the Training Academy and retired as Chief of Staff Services in 1995 after a distinguished 27-year career with the department. Chief Thomas, who passed away Sept. 24, 2017, excelled in the areas of mentoring fellow employees, training others and civic engagement. The Adolph Thomas Distinguished Service Award was created to honor DPS employees who display excellence and distinguish themselves in those same three areas. The commissioned recipient was Capt. William “Bill” Schneider, Texas Highway Patrol–Lubbock. The non-commissioned recipient was Goodluck Elei, Driver License Division–Austin.

Using his vast leadership experience, Capt. Bill Schneider serves as an advocate for employees; helps draft policies; trains employees; has served on numerous DPS committees; provides leadership to promote positive change; and mentors other supervisors. During the course of his 37-year career, he has served as a firearms instructor and taught classes in a variety of subjects. In addition, he is a strong leader in his community, including his assistance in organizing the “Annual Foster Kids Birthday Party,” which allows children in foster care to have the opportunity to share their birthday with a uniformed officer.

Goodluck Elei serves as assistant manager for three sections of the Enforcement and Compliance Service of the Driver License Division. He excels as a teacher and mentor, acting as a role model for his peers and those he manages by taking time to assist employees at every level and providing feedback necessary to foster professional growth. He holds multiple degrees in a variety of subjects related to theology and business; is a published author having written two books on theology and multiple articles on business management; and is active in ministry, including trips to New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria and Israel.

The following awards also were presented:

The following were also recognized at the PSC meeting:

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