TABC Names Victor Kuykendoll Chief of Law Enforcement
AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has appointed Victor Kuykendoll Chief of Law Enforcement. The move came at the Commission's September 25 meeting, where Kuykendoll was presented his chief's badge by TABC Chairman Kevin Lilly and Executive Director A. Bentley Nettles.
As Chief of Law Enforcement, Kuykendoll oversees the day-to-day duties of more than 200 TABC agents stationed across Texas. He will also assist in developing strategies related to the agency's law enforcement duties, which include investigating alleged violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code at the more than 53,000 TABC-licensed businesses in the Lone Star State.
Kuykendoll has served as Acting Chief of Law Enforcement since 2017 while simultaneously serving as regional supervisor for TABC's Central Texas Law Enforcement office.
"I'm extremely proud of the work Victor has done for this agency while serving as acting chief during the last year," Nettles said. "Over his many years at TABC, he has proven time and again to be a dedicated and detail-oriented public servant, as well as an advocate for the agents under his command. I can't think of anyone who's more suited to this job than Chief Kuykendoll."
"TABC is lucky to have someone like Chief Kuykendoll working on behalf of Texans," Lilly said. "Victor is an outstanding choice to lead this agency's peace officers. I'm confident he'll continue to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and public service among TABC's agents."
Kuykendoll started his career with TABC in 2001 at the agency's El Paso office. He later served as a sergeant at the Waco office before his promotion to lieutenant in 2012. In 2014, he was promoted to Regional Director of Enforcement at TABC's Arlington office prior to his transfer to Austin in 2017.
Kuykendoll is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and attended both Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas – El Paso. Kuykendoll holds a Master Peace Officer License and is a recipient of the State of Texas Valor Award. He and his wife have two grown daughters.
Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462