A former DPS Trooper who worked in Chambers County has been promoted to the rank of Captain in the elite Texas Rangers. The Texas Department of Public Safety announced the promotion to the rank of captain for James Thomas who is the first-known Ranger in modern history to hold a doctorate degree. Newly minted Captain for the Texas Rangers, James Thomas was a DPS Patrol Trooper in Anahuac, Mont Belvieu and Baytown before joining the Rangers in 2015. The Texas Rangers specialize in investigating major crime incidents, such as murders, sexual assaults and kidnappings, unsolved and serial crimes, public corruption, crimes against children, officer-involved shootings and border security operations. The Rangers also oversee specialized law enforcement teams within DPS, including the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Special Response Teams, Ranger Reconnaissance Team, Crisis Negotiations Unit and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. In addition to his service with DPS, Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Lamar University, a master’s degree in behavioral science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Lamar University. Thomas’ duties in Austin will include supervising the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative and the Forensic Artists program. The promotion of James Thomas is effective Sept. 1, and he will be stationed at Austin headquarters.