Randall Beaty

Randall worked 36 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory Service until his retirement in August of 2022. Initially he was assigned to the Department's Breath Alcohol Testing Program where he spent eight years working as a Technical Supervisor in southeast Texas. In this capacity, he was responsible for instrument maintenance, repair, and calibration, as well as training and support to law enforcement officers and prosecutors. In 1994 he joined the management staff of the Department’s Scientific Director. His primary responsibilities included formulating, designing, and implementing policy for the state breath alcohol testing program, and providing direct supervisory and managerial support for laboratory personnel.

He has testified as an expert witness in hundreds of criminal trials involving the prosecution of intoxicated drivers, as well as civil litigation depositions and legislative committee hearings. He routinely consults with industry regarding forensic alcohol testing and workplace safety, including as an official member of the United States Working Group representing the U.S. Department of Commerce at the Organization for International Legal Metrology (OIML) session in Paris, France in May 2005. He currently serves as an organizational representative and full voting member to the AAFS – Academy Standards Board Toxicology Consensus Body. He has received gubernatorial appointments by Governors Robert McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe, Shearer Northam and Glenn Youngkin to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forensic Science Advisory Committee where he currently serves as Vice Chair in providing support to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. Similarly, he has acted in a technical advisory capacity to the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board and was recently appointed as an international member to the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences - Alcohol Test Committee to advise the Canadian Federal Minister of Justice on matters pertaining to alcohol testing in drinking and driving.

In 2019 he became a laureate of the National Safety Council’s Robert F. Borkenstein Award celebrating career long contributions to the field of alcohol and drug related transportation safety. In 2008 Randall Beaty was conferred with the Kurt M. Dubowski Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of chemical testing in workplace and traffic safety. A graduate of Texas State University with a Baccalaureate of Science in chemistry and physics, he is active in several professional organizations. He is a Past Chair of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol Drugs, and Impairment Division, he was elected to two separate terms as President of the International Association for Chemical Testing and spent many years as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors, and he is a Past Chair of the DPS Quarter Century Club.