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Brad Livingston Administrative Headquarters Dedication

Former TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston

Dignitaries from the state of Texas and officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice dedicated the Brad Livingston Administrative Headquarters in Huntsville on Thursday, December 8, 2022, in recognition of the agency’s former executive director.

The administrative headquarters in Huntsville is in a complex formerly known as the BOT, named for its previous owner, Brown Oil Tools, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes Company. The facility was purchased from Brown Oil Tools in 1989 and converted into the executive administration headquarters and houses several divisions within the agency.

Present at the dedication were Livingston and his family along with Texas Board of Criminal Justice chairman Patrick L. O’Daniel; former TBCJ chairmen Oliver Bell, Christina Melton Crain and Justice Dale Wainwright; former TBCJ vice chairman Terrell McCombs; Texas Legislative Budget Board Director Jerry McGinty; and current TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

Livingston graduated with honors from Metropolitan State University in Denver where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Master of Public Affairs.

Livingston’s TDCJ career began in October 1997 as deputy chief financial officer. In 2001, he was named the chief financial officer and on November 1, 2004, he was appointed the agency’s interim executive director. For nine months, he was the interim executive director while continuing his duties as the chief financial officer. He was formally appointed executive director in July 2005. For almost 12 years, he was responsible for all TDCJ operations and approximately 38,000 employees statewide.

Present at the dedication were (back, l. to r.) Terrell McCombs, Brad Livingston, Oliver Bell, Patrick L. O'Daniel, Christina Melton Crain, and Justice Dale Wainwright.

Livingston demonstrated exemplary commitment to developing leadership skills in others by substantially improving training throughout the agency. He established a Sergeant’s Academy, a Lieutenant Command School, a Parole Unit Supervisor Academy and the Building a Bridge to the Future training program. He also personally developed the Executive Director’s Focused Leadership conferences, and he worked closely with Sam Houston State University in creating the High Potential Employee Leadership Academy.

Livingston displayed extraordinary vision through the implementation of substantial agency treatment and diversion programs that helped lower recidivism and prison populations. This allowed the TDCJ to permanently close three correctional units during his tenure.

His numerous other accomplishments include an instrumental role in the agency receiving the Golden Eagle Award for obtaining accreditation for all TDCJ facilities and operational areas from the American Correctional Association. He also helped the agency receive funding to increase the salaries of correctional and parole officers.

Livingston was recognized for his notable dedication and commendable service to TDCJ with many awards during his tenure, including being named Administrator of the Year by the Texas Public Employees Association not once, but four times. In 2015, the American Correctional Association honored him with the E.R. Cass award for his outstanding contributions and the Association of State Correctional Administrators presented him the Michael Francke award for excellence in the field of corrections.