Capt. Ray Coffman, who has been with the Department of Public Safety for 29 years, has been named chief of the Texas Rangers.
Coffman has been assistant chief of the Texas Rangers since May 2004.
He succeeds Senior Ranger Capt. Earl Pearson, who retired Aug. 31.
Coffman will hold the rank of senior ranger captain.
Coffman served as a Highway Patrol trooper and DPS narcotics lieutenant, before being promoted to the Rangers in 1986.
He served as a lieutenant and ranger captain in San Antonio before becoming assistant chief.
Capt. Jim Miller was named assistant chief. He has been with DPS since 1975.
He has served as driver's license trooper, highway patrol trooper, ranger sergeant, ranger lieutenant and captain.