Assistant Chief Jason D. Hester, Assistant Presiding Officer

Commissioner Jason Hester

Jason was born and raised in Big Lake, Texas and graduated from Howard College in Big Spring Texas with his Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He returned to college and completed his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University in 2012 and his Master's degree from Tarleton in 2014. Jason started his law enforcement career working for the Tom Green County Sheriff's Department and graduated from the Concho Valley Law Enforcement Academy in 1997. He began his career with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that same year, and upon graduation from the DPS Law Enforcement Academy, was stationed in Big Spring. Jason promoted to Highway Patrol Sergeant in 2003 and remained in Big Spring.

While stationed in Big Spring, he worked with numerous local organizations such as: Victim Services, Big Spring Little League, served on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Services Chaplain Corps, and, was an instructor for both the Howard College's Criminal Justice Program and the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. He was promoted to Highway Patrol Lieutenant in 2008 and was stationed first in Del Rio and then transferred to San Angelo where he supervised the Highway Patrol Division's Border and Emergency Management Operations.

Jason was promoted to Captain in March of 2010. As Captain of Law Enforcement Education and Recruiting, he oversaw the hiring and training of all DPS State Troopers and the DPS Law Enforcement Academy. In 2012 Jason was selected to attend and graduated from the 251st session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He was promoted to Major in August 2013 and oversaw the DPS Education, Training and Research Division. Jason graduated from the Force Science Institute Advanced Specialist course and continues to teach in the DPS Academy. In August of 2016 he transferred back to the Texas Highway Patrol Division where he oversaw Special Operations, Equipment, and Personnel Accountability Programs. In September of 2019 Jason was promoted to Assistant Chief over the DPS, Regulatory Services Division, where he currently serves.

Jason is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates of Texas and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Texas Police Association, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Texas DPS Officers Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Jason has taught numerous subjects including use of force, firearms, driving, crash reconstruction, DPS Leadership and Command courses, and is an instructor for John Maxwell's 360 Leader and 5 Levels of Leadership. Jason has earned his Master Peace Officer and Advanced Instructor license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He and his wife Denise have 3 boys and live in Lago Vista.