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 Directors

Region Name/Email Phone
1, 2, 9, and 10 Marshall Davidson (325) 267-0389
3E, 4, and 5 Sam Foster (214) 901-4670
3W and 7 Greg Eakens (254) 291-7152
6 Jay Borton (903) 413-8073
8 and 11 Robert Vela (956) 279-5798

State Office Contacts

Role Name/Email Phone
Acting Director Greg Eakens (254) 291-7152
Program Specialist Damaris Nicholson (512) 596-6062