Randall Beaty

Randall joined the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory Service in 1986 as a chemist 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 include 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 has received gubernatorial appointments by Governors Robert McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe, and Shearer Northam to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forensic Science Advisory Committee to provide 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 is a current voting member of the toxicology consensus body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board.

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 served fourteen years on the organization’s Board of Directors.