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Aug 2, 2021

TABC Appoints Kuykendoll to Deputy Executive Director Post

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has announced the appointment of a longtime peace officer to serve as the deputy executive director overseeing law enforcement.

Victor Kuykendoll was tapped to succeed outgoing Deputy Executive Director Robert Saenz, who retires this month. Kuykendoll previously served as TABC’s chief of law enforcement.

Kuykendoll got his start as a TABC Enforcement agent in 2001 following his service as an investigator for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and earned a second promotion to lieutenant in 2012, overseeing the Waco Enforcement Office. In 2014, Kuykendoll was promoted to major, assuming leadership over TABC’s Enforcement agents across North Texas. He was later assigned to the Austin Regional Office in 2017, where he was appointed to serve as the agency’s chief of law enforcement in 2018.

“I’m excited to work with Victor Kuykendoll as deputy executive director for law enforcement,” said Bentley Nettles, TABC executive director. “He’ll continue to build upon the foundation laid by Robert Saenz, whose expertise and dedication to public service are appreciated by all of us at TABC.”

As deputy executive director, Kuykendoll will oversee more than 200 TABC agents deployed across the state. TABC agents are commissioned peace officers with responsibilities to uphold the Alcoholic Beverage Code and investigate organized criminal activity, such as human trafficking taking place within licensed businesses.

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Chris Porter
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