Waco, Texas— During a ceremony in Austin last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety promoted Texas Ranger Captain Frank Malinak of Austin to the rank of Major and assigned the Command of Company “F” of the Texas Rangers headquartered in Waco.
He has proudly served in Texas law enforcement for more than 30 years, beginning his career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Giddings, then joining the Bryan-College Station Sheriff’s Department, and the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority in Laredo and Bryan. Malinak first joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Highway Patrol Trooper and later joined the Texas Rangers in Midland in 1993.
Major Malinak will command Texas Rangers Company “F,” which stretches north-south from Dallas to the San Antonio, and east-west from Llano and Kerrville to Victoria. Its complement includes 23 Rangers and Lieutenants covering 42 counties. He will also supervise the Coastal Bend Joint Operation Intelligence Center in Victoria, which collects and disseminates information on area and statewide criminal activity.
Malinak served as a Texas Ranger Lieutenant in Waco from 2009 to 2012. On his first day as lieutenant, he and 30 Rangers responded to the mass shooting by Nidal Hasan at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas.
In 2010 Malinak led a multijurisdictional task force in pursuit of a suspect known as the “Twilight Rapist,” who targeted elderly women in a large area of Central and Southeast Texas. Ultimately, the offender received multiple life sentences after leaving a trail of more than a dozen victims.
A Texas Rangers Company “F” Headquarters has been located in Waco since 1957; since 1968 it has been hosted by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. A new Headquarters Building was completed onsite in 2010, the result of collaboration between the State of Texas and the City of Waco. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and museum is the state-designated historical center of the Texas Ranger service.
Major Malinak is from Dime Box, Texas, in Lee County, and he is a graduate of Texas A&M University. His wife Lesley is a Deputy Sheriff with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Georgetown, Texas. They have three sons, two of whom live in College Station, Texas.