The Texas Department of Public Safety is mourning the death of its first African-American trooper, Adolph Thomas, who died earlier this week. DPS Director Steven McCraw on Friday stated Thomas, who served 27 years in the agency before retiring as chief of staff services in 1995. “Texas has lost a true law enforcement professional,” McCraw said. “During his time with DPS, Chief Thomas broke through many glass ceilings because of his perseverance, hard work and education.” Thomas, a Seguin native, joined DPS in 1968, first serving as a highway patrol officer, then as a narcotics agent in 1972.
Professionalism throughout his career
He rose through the ranks of the narcotics service and became a search-and-seizure expert witness in state and federal court. He developed expertise in law enforcement policies and procedures, case preparation, undercover drug investigations and other law enforcement disciplines. “He was known for his integrity, he led by example, and he promoted professionalism throughout his career,” McCraw said. Thomas became commander of the DPS Training Academy in 1991 and was named a chief of staff services two years later. A year after Thomas retired, the Texas Legislature recognized Thomas’ service with a Senate Resolution.
Blazed a trail that few will match
“It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” McCraw said. “Chief Thomas took that first phase in 1968, and for nearly three decades, he blazed a trail that few will match, but many have since proudly followed.” Thomas died on Sept. 24 and services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at Meadow lawn Funeral Home, 5611 E. Houston Street in San Antonio.