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Meet DPS Sgt. Lynn Floyd
Sgt. Lynn Floyd
FLORESVILLE -- The counties of Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad now have a new Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol sergeant. As of April 7, Sgt. Lynn Floyd is the commanding officer of highway patrol troopers in those three counties.
Now in in his eighth year as a DPS trooper, Floyd was promoted to sergeant March 24. He previously served as a trooper in Port Lavaca and most recently in Alice.
Floyd comes into his sergeant’s area amid a transition. In addition to replacing former Sgt. J. Ryan Christian, who recently was promoted to the Texas Rangers, the three counties are shorthanded with just eight troopers -- one of whom just was approved for a transfer out of the area. However, three trooper trainees currently in the DPS academy in Austin are headed to the area -- two are coming to Wilson County, and one to Karnes County. Three vacancies still will remain.
“The guys that have been here have been here for a while, and they do a good job,” Floyd said. “Some days, they go from crash, to crash, to crash, and wind up missing lunch. There’s a lot of demands being placed on them because of the Eagle Ford traffic. All of them are hard workers.”
The seven remaining troopers plan to remain in the area, he said, as they reside locally. One of them is Cpl. Javier Reyes, a DPS veteran of more than 20 years, who Floyd counts on to handle day-to-day operations so that the sergeant can be out in the field. Floyd plans to focus in the short term on strengthening the relationships with the area’s other law-enforcement agencies.
“As the Eagle Ford shale boom continues and the economy grows, I want us to grow with it and make the roadways safer for citizens to travel,” he said.
Floyd asks the public to be patient with DPS as it continues to tackle commercial-vehicle- enforcement challenges such as equipment violations and distracted drivers.
While some might consider Floyd and other law-enforcement personnel to be heroes, the sergeant says the “real hero” of the family is his wife of 13 years, who is a stay-at-home mother to the couple’s five children, who range in age from 1 to 9. The family is planning an upcoming move to a house in Kenedy.
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