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The New Enforcer

Pete Flores, a 20-year veteran game warden with experience in every region of the state, is the new director of law enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

By John Jefferson

Before his promotion in March, Pete Flores served as deputy division director of law enforcement since 2003, holding the commission of lieutenant colonel. He rose through the ranks as a warden in Anahuac and Bryan before being promoted to District Captain in Beaumont. He later transferred to San Antonio as a captain. Flores became a major in San Angelo over the large West Texas region before coming to the Austin headquarters.

His experience in varied parts of the state gives him insight into the law enforcement community and the challenges it faces throughout Texas. Scott Boruff, TPWD deputy executive director for operations, says “I am very impressed with his integrity and commitment to the mission of the department, as well as his wealth of experience.”

Flores succeeds Col. Jim Stinebaugh, who recently retired. Stinebaugh summed up Flores as “A get-it-done kind of guy.”

“Texans can expect a continuity of community-oriented conservation law enforcement,” Flores says. “May Texans always refer to officers in the green truck as ‘our game warden.’”

Born the fifth of 10 children in Laredo, Flores, whose father was career Air Force, graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Recreation and Parks in 1983. Col. Flores is the first Hispanic director of law enforcement in TPWD history.

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