“Pete Flores has had a long, proud, and very distinguished career serving the department and the state of Texas as a state game warden,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “As colonel, he has been an exemplary and strategic leader of the Law Enforcement Division and has set the bar high for conservation law enforcement across the country. His colleagues respect him immensely and justifiably so.”
Flores graduated from the Game Warden Training Academy in January 1985 and as a newly commissioned state game warden began his career in Chambers County. He later worked in Brazos County and after promotion to captain, assumed supervisory duties in Beaumont. Later he served as captain in San Antonio and then as a major in San Angelo. In March 2005 he was promoted from lieutenant colonel to the division’s top position.
“Besides the births of my children and grandchildren, the day that I had the blue badge pinned on my chest at the TPWD headquarters in Austin was the most memorable day of my life,” Flores said. “I am extremely proud of the men and women in our ranks. They will take us into the future with competence, professionalism, passion and a clear sense of purpose.”
Smith said the colonel’s successor would be announced as soon as possible.