Texas Department of Public Safety Compliance Review Program Investigator, THP-Webster in Webster, Texas

Job Summary

Perform highly complex (senior-level) investigative work. Work involves planning, organizing and conducting investigations and inspections for compliance, as required by applicable regulations, federal and state statutes, and report findings to the carriers. May supervise the work of others. Work is performed under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and judgment.

State Classification #: 1354 State Classification Title: Investigator V Salary Group: B20

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 31B, 31D, 35L, 35M, 311A, 31A, 181X, 644X, 649X, 742X, 744X, 749X, 023, 024, 47, 84, 5813, 5819, 5821, 5822, 5805, 7596, OAP12, 0AP14, 5819, 5822, 5805, 3P0X1, 7S0X1, 31PX, 71SX

General Duties:

Conduct on-site Compliance Review/Safety Audit investigations of commercial motor carriers in accordance with federal regulations and State law.

Document and report identified safety deficiencies and infractions recommending corrective and enforcement action.

Assist local and state law enforcement personnel on special investigations of commercial carrier operations and individuals regarding violations of the safety regulations.

Conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles in accordance with federal regulations and State law.

Document deficiencies and infractions while placing the subject vehicles into an Out of Service status according to federally mandated guidelines.

Prepare notice to appear citations/warnings for violations of the motor carrier safety regulations and /or the hazardous materials regulations.

Respond to telephone, written, or in person inquiries from the general public concerning commercial vehicle requirements.

May appear at hearings or testify before courts of jurisdiction.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Education – Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent.

Experience – Two (2) years or more of full-time work experience in active military service; as a commissioned peace officer, performing regulatory work in the transportation industry or with the Department of Public Safety, or current employment with the Department of Public Safety as a full-time employee for 24 continuous months.

Note: Education may substitute for the experience requirement with one (1) year equal to thirty (30) semester hours.

Licensure and/or Certification– Must have a valid driver license from state of residence; be able to obtain and maintain TLETS Certification within twelve (12) months of employment; and maintain current certification in the basic commercial vehicle enforcement programs: Roadside Inspections, Hazardous Materials, Cargo Tank Inspections, Compliance Review Audits and New Entrant Safety.

Commercial vehicle knowledge– Knowledge of the basic principles of commercial vehicle technology and familiarity with methods and practices of commercial vehicle repairs. Ability to detect improper or unsafe motor vehicle conditions and fraudulent or altered documents; and to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with state laws.

Regulatory knowledge– Knowledge of the methods, practices, procedures and techniques relating to inspection program process, field investigation, and enforcement of applicable regulations and laws. Ability to successfully conduct commercial vehicle inspections and re-inspections in accordance with established rules and regulations. Ability to detect improper or unsafe motor vehicle conditions and fraudulent or altered documents; and to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with state laws.

Audit/Investigative knowledge– Ability to conduct investigations; to interpret and apply laws and regulations; and to understand and effectively apply the procedures and precautions in observing and collecting facts of a significant nature. Ability to conduct compliance reviews and new entrant safety audits on commercial motor carriers; and to schedule appointments to conduct compliance reviews and new entrant safety audits at appropriate facilities.

Interpersonal skills– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, commercial carrier owners, commercial vehicle operators, inspectors and the general public. Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions and to exercise diplomacy and patience.

Presentation/Communication skills– Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing and instructing training sessions. Ability to prepare detailed reports of field and office investigations and to develop appropriate conclusions and recommendations.

Computer systems / hardware / software– Proficient with personal computers and various software; e.g. Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and the ability to type 30 wpm.

Fiscal accountability– Ability to safeguard assigned equipment and supplies.

Organizational skills– Must be organized, flexible, and able to prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment. Ability to work independently; and to understand and effectively apply complex oral and written instructions and procedures.

Confidentiality – Must be able to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations.

Travel and work non-business hours– May be required to travel up to twenty percent (20%).


The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office and outdoor environment: Exposure to varying weather and temperatures and commercial vehicle emissions, fumes and vapors, oil, grease, engine coolant and other products;
  • Ambulatory skills: Ascend and descend from commercial vehicles; bend, stoop and utilize a mechanic's "creeper" to maneuver under vehicles; sufficient physical ability to perform duties on concrete, blacktop or other surfaces that become slippery from oil, grease, engine coolant and other products;
  • Hand-eye coordination: Use small hand tools; distinguish between shading and color variations to detect counterfeit certificates and/or documents; and conduct surveillance using binoculars;
  • Ability to transfer weights of forty (40) pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Low to moderate frequency.
Supplemental information:

**DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.**


Employment testing required for candidates selected to go before the oral interview board. Candidates will be notified via email regarding details of a typing test (30 wpm or higher corrected speed). Only those who qualify on the testing will proceed to the interview.

Travel: 20% Number of Vacancies: 1

State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.

Job Title: Compliance Review Program Investigator, THP-Webster

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 10/31/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $3,857.26 Monthly

Job Type: Full-time, Regular, day shift

Location: Webster, Texas