New Texas Ranger Lt. Is Highest Ranking Female In Ranger History

Texas Ranger Wendy Wakeman has been promoted to lieutenant, making her the highest-ranking female in Ranger history, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.

Texas Ranger Wende Wakeman (DPS photo)

WACO (July 17, 2014)—A little more than 20 years ago, on June 7, 1994 Christine Nix of Waco was sworn in as the first black, female Texas Ranger.

She started her career in law enforcement in 1979 as a Temple police officer.

Five years later, in 1984, she became a Department of Public Safety trooper.

She retired in 2004.


AUSTIN (July 17, 2014) Texas Ranger Wendy Wakeman will become the highest-ranking female in Ranger history when her promotion to lieutenant becomes effective on Aug. 1, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.

Wakeman joined the DPS in 1998, rising to the rank of narcotics sergeant in 2003, and in 2008 joined the Texas Rangers in Conroe.

She’s a graduate of the National Forensics Academy, a certified forensic hypnotist and a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Women's Leadership Institute, the DPS said.

"I am thankful for the trust and confidence placed in me by DPS, and I am honored to serve in the Texas Rangers, which have such a rich history within the state and the entire law enforcement profession," she said.

"I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges ahead."

She will be stationed in Laredo, the DPS said.

"Texas Ranger Wende Wakeman's promotion is the direct result of her exemplary service and unwavering commitment to protecting Texans and upholding the department's core values of integrity, excellence, accountability and teamwork," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

"I am confident she will continue to serve the department well in this new leadership position."

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