Texas Highway Patrol Announces New Assistant Chief

Texas Highway Patrol Announces New Assistant Chief
Bruce James

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced the promotion of Bruce James to Assistant Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol (THP), effective immediately. This promotion follows the retirement of Assistant Chief Justin Chrane, who dedicated nearly 30 years of service to the department.

Director Steven McCraw expressed gratitude for Chrane’s longstanding commitment, stating, “For nearly three decades, Justin Chrane represented the best of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and we will be forever grateful for his service and dedication to protecting Texas.”

Bruce James brings extensive law enforcement experience to his new role. He began his career as a patrol officer with the San Angelo Police Department in 1987, specializing later in child abuse and neglect investigations. Joining DPS in 2000, James served in various capacities including sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and major. He received the DPS Purple Heart Citation in 2012 and graduated from the Texas DPS Command College in 2017.

In his most recent assignments, James contributed significantly to the THP Chief’s Office at DPS headquarters in Austin. Director McCraw expressed confidence in James, stating, “I have no doubt Bruce James will continue with the highest standards we’ve come to expect, and I look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes in this new role.”

James will continue his duties from DPS headquarters in Austin, overseeing operations critical to highway safety across Texas.