Second-in-command Bryan Collier will be the next director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, taking the reins at an agency that oversees more than 100 prisons and nearly 40,000 employees, the Texas Tribune reports. Collier, the agency’s deputy executive director, will replace Brad Livingston, who has led the agency since 2004. Collier with the department as a clerk, correctional officer and parole officer before moving up the ranks. He’s been with the agency for more than 30 years. He will take over for Livingston starting Aug. 1.
As executive director, Collier will lead nearly 40,000 employees, manage a $3 billion annual budget, direct more than 100 prisons with nearly 150,000 inmates, and oversee the nation’s busiest execution chamber. His agency is struggling to recruit and retain employees, maintain aging facilities, and keep contraband out of inmates’ hands. Livingston joined the department in 1997 as deputy director of the financial services division. In 2001, he became the chief financial officer. As of February, his salary was $266,500.