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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Executive Director

Bryan Collier, Executive Director
Bryan Collier
Executive Director

Bryan Collier was appointed Executive Director by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and assumed the role August 1, 2016.

“Bryan is a proven leader who stands ready to continue to fulfill the department’s mission and commitment to public safety,” said Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having served more than 31 years in various positions within the department. I’m confident he’ll serve TDCJ and the state of Texas well in this new role.”

Collier, 51, joined the TDCJ in 1985 as a clerk. He has held a wide variety of positions to include Correctional Officer, Parole Officer, Unit Supervisor, Program Administrator, and Parole Division Director. Collier has served as Deputy Executive Director since July 2007.

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment and the confidence shown in me by the Board of Criminal Justice,” said Collier. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the dedicated professionals employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who do the important work of keeping our communities safe.”

Collier has served on the American Correctional Association (ACA) Delegate Assembly, was previously recognized as one of the ACA’s “Best in the Business”, and is currently the Chair of the ACA Adult Corrections Committee. He is the past president of the Texas Correctional Association (TCA) and received the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor award from the TCA in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has more than 38,000 employees and a total operating budget of more than $3 billion. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of nearly 147,000 offenders, the supervision of more than 87,000 individuals released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision, as well as the broad oversight of adult probation departments that provide direct supervision to nearly 245,000 individuals on community supervision.