George T. Buenik  Chief of DHS, City of Houston

George T. Buenik

Chief of DHS, City of Houston


George is currently the Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the City of Houston and was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to this position on March 1, 2018. He is responsible for the Houston Emergency Center, Office of Emergency Management, and managing Homeland Security grant programs. He coordinates the activities of all City departments in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from disasters, major emergencies, and special events.

George served in the Houston Police Department for 34 years. He promoted through the ranks of police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, and executive assistant chief. He worked in patrol, criminal investigations, internal investigations, special operations, tactical operations, and strategic operations. George also chaired the Public Safety Committee for the 2017 Houston Super Bowl.

George has a Bachelor Degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science degree from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Police Executive Leadership Institute, and the FBI National Executive Institute.