A Special Investigator (SI) is a DFPS staff member with a law enforcement background and experience in criminal investigations. Special investigators offer advice on high-profile or high-risk DFPS cases that may require joint investigation with law enforcement.

Special investigator duties may include:

  • Helping with complex investigations.
  • Forensic investigation techniques.
  • School investigations.
  • Assisting with human trafficking investigations.
  • Responding to drug-endangered children cases.
  • Acting as department liaisons to local law enforcement agencies.
  • Searching for missing families and children in foster care using databases and other resources.
  • Submitting requests to the Department of Public Safety to place a missing family on the Child Safety Check Alter List (CSCAL).
  • Mentoring DFPS investigators and caseworkers, and training them on child abuse issues.
  • Participating on local boards and multi-disciplinary teams.

Special Investigations Regional Program Administrators

Region Name/Email Phone
1, 2, 9, and 10 Clint Cox (806) 640-2113
3 East, 4, and 5 Sharon Fonvielle-Baughman (214) 425-4087
3 West and 7 Marshall Davidson (325) 267-0389
6 Jennifer Zermeno (281) 799-2064
8 and 11 Tommy Ward (210) 216-1346

State Office Contacts

Role Name/Email Phone
Director Demetrie Mitchell (512) 438-5954
Program Specialist Yolanda Chatham Brooks (512) 438-5954