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 Investigators are supervised by the Special Investigation Program Directors listed below.

Region Name/Email Phone
1 Clint Cox (806) 640-2113
2 & 9 Sherry Stone (940) 233-2191
3 Marcello Aleman (469) 340-9580
Bruce Amox (903) 413-6184
Sharon Fonvielle-Baughman (214) 425-4087
Stephanie "Sam" Foster (214) 901-4670
Stacey Wychopen (469) 323-7485
Jennifer Gibson (254) 434-3973
4 Kevin Pierce (936) 332-7224
5 Vacant  
6 Patrick Brice (713) 534-7699
Jerry Dowse (936) 689-1279
Catherine Giannaris (979) 270-0039
Jennifer Leal (281) 799-2064
Lawrence "Tim" Moree (832) 454-4577
Phillip Pannell (903) 330-0643
Larry Young (361) 492-0036
7 Gregory Eakens (254) 291-7152
Marris Durham (512) 965-8584
Aleida Jarvis (979) 203-1683
8 Johnnie Stewart (409) 504-6323
Tommy Ward (210) 216-1346
10 Becky Gutierrez (915) 929-8676
11 Sergio Martinez (956) 489-1613
Eduardo "Eddie" Enriquez (956) 802-6578
Associate Commissioner Jim Sylvester (512) 656-8908
Program Administrators Marshall Davidson (325) 267-0389
Jon Chapman (832) 454-4533
Program Specialist Amanda Doege (512) 535-8448