AUSTIN? Gov. Rick Perry named Allan B. Polunsky of San Antonio as chairman of the Public Safety Commission. He also appointed Carin Barth of Houston and Tom Clowe of Waco as members. The commission is responsible for formulating and overseeing policies for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the state's chief law enforcement agency.
Polunsky is managing partner and founder of Polunsky and Beitel L.L.P. He is a past member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, where he served 13 years, including five years as chairman. He is also past president of the City of San Antonio Industrial Development Authority, past chairman of the San Antonio Zoning Commission and a past member of the Finance Commission of Texas. Additionally, Polunsky is a past board member of the San Antonio River Authority, Special Olympics of Texas and San Antonio Food Bank. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from St. Mary's University, where he was a member of the national honorary legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. His term expires Dec. 31, 2009.
Barth is co-founder and president of LB Capital Inc., a private equity investment firm. She is a board member of Western Refining Inc. and chairman of the Texas Tech University Endowment. She formerly served on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2004-2005. Additionally, she is an advisory board member of Amegy Bancorporation Inc., the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. Barth received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. She replaces Ernest Angelo of Midland, who formerly served as chairman of the commission, for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2013.
Clowe is a ranch land developer and investor in various Texas nursing homes. He is also a retired senior management advisor of the State Bar of Texas and former appointee to the Texas Lottery Commission. Additionally, he is an advisory director of Lodestar Logistics, a Houston-based firm serving the chemical, oil, and rail industries. Clowe formerly served in the U.S. Air Force and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He is filling a new position on the commission, pursuant to Senate Bill 11 of the 80th Legislature, for a term to expire Jan. 1, 2010.