The Public Safety Commission oversees the DPS. Its five members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state senate for staggered, six-year terms.
Steven P. Mach, Chairman
P.O. Box 130630
Houston, TX 77219-0630
Steven P. Mach of Houston was reappointed to the Texas Public Safety Commission, and named Chairman by Governor Greg Abbott on March 8, 2017. He has served as a member of the Commission since November 2013, when he was first appointed by former Governor Rick Perry. In his role as Chairman of the Public Safety Commission, he also serves as a statutory member of the Texas Racing Commission. Chairman Mach is the vice president and CFO of Mach Industrial Group, LP. He has served as a trustee of his alma mater, Trinity University, since 2007, and previously served as president of the Trinity University Alumni Association from 2001-03. He is the Chairman and a Past President of the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees, and serves on the boards of The Kinkaid School, The Foundation for Jones Hall, The Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, The Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas, Men of Distinction of Greater Houston, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation. Chairman Mach previously chaired the boards of Family Services of Greater Houston, and the Houston Symphony Endowment. He served as trustee for River Oaks Baptist School from 2010-16. In 2017, he was recognized by Crime Stoppers of Houston as the recipient of the Leiv Platou Award, which is given to a citizen who has made a significant contribution to public safety through volunteerism in the community. An Eagle Scout, he was a 2019 recipient of the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. He also serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 55 in Houston. Chairman Mach’s term on the Public Safety Commission expires January 1, 2022.
A. Cynthia "Cindy" Leon
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0110
A. Cynthia Leon of Mission was appointed by former Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission in January 2011; served as the chairman from April 2012 to March 2017; and was reappointed as a member of the commission by Governor Greg Abbott on March 8, 2017. In April of 2017, the Public Safety Commission unanimously conferred upon her the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus in recognition of her outstanding service to the Department and the Commission. Commissioner Leon is a retired regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She served 25 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves and retired as a captain. Commissioner Leon is a life member of the Naval Reserve Association, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute and the Reserve Officers Association. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Texas, and past chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio Federal Executive Boards.
Leon received her bachelor’s degree from Austin College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a former member of the Senior Executive Service and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute of Charlottesville, VA. Her term on the Public Safety Commission expires January 1, 2020.
Steve H. Stodghill
2121 N. Pearl Street, Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75201
Steve H. Stodghill of Dallas was appointed to the Texas Public Safety Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on September 6, 2019. Stodghill is a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP, a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and a research fellow for the Southwestern Legal Foundation. Additionally, he is a former member of the American Bar Association and the Texas Bar Foundation and a charter member of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court. He is chairman of the American Film Institute National Council, board member of The University of Texas (UT) Harry Ransom Center, UT College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and the UT System Chancellor's Council. Additionally, he is a member of the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board and a former member of the Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council Executive Committee. Stodghill received a bachelor of arts from UT Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from UT School of Law. His term on the Public Safety Commission expires January 1, 2024.
Commission meetings are held at the call of the Chairman. All meetings are open to the public and announced in the Texas Register and the Open Meetings website. The public is invited to attend all meetings.
Minutes are posted after they have been approved by the Commission.
Liaison for the PSC (512) 424-7771