Meet the Staff

Mindy Montford

Mindy Montford

First Assistant District Attorney

Mindy Montford serves as the First Assistant District Attorney. As First Assistant, Montford manages the District Attorney’s Office of over 200 employees. She is responsible for all policy-related matters and oversees the hiring process and staffing needs for the office. Montford also coordinates with law enforcement on all cold case investigations and prosecutions. A veteran of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Montford previously served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Office for almost ten years before entering into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. During her time as an ADA, Montford worked in several units of the Office including child abuse, family violence, trial court, and public integrity.

In 2004, she co-founded the prosecution externship program at the University of Texas School of Law, a program still in existence today, and served as an Adjunct Professor teaching law students about the criminal justice system and providing them with internship opportunities for hands-on courtroom experience. She has practiced law for over twenty years and earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas.

Dexter Gilford

Dexter Gilford

Director, Civil Rights Division

Dexter Gilford attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance. Mr. Gilford then returned to Texas where he attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law from which he earned a J.D. degree in 1992. In 1993, Mr. Gilford returned to his hometown of San Antonio where started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. In 1995, Mr. Gilford left the District Attorney’s Office and went into private practice where he practiced criminal defense in both state and federal courts, concentrating on the litigation of capital murder and death penalty cases. During his years in private practice, Mr. Gilford and his colleagues successfully defended three capital murder cases avoiding the death penalty in each.

Between 1999 and 2003, Mr. Gilford earned statewide and national certification as a Board Certified Criminal Law/Criminal Trial Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and National Board of Trial Advocacy, respectively. While in private practice, Mr. Gilford was an active member in his local criminal defense bar serving as President of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and as a Director with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. An active speaker on topics of relevance to criminal trial practitioners, Mr. Gilford regularly lectured and published papers locally and statewide on topics related to the practice of criminal law for the local defense bar, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of Texas. In 2005, he was awarded Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2016, Mr. Gilford earned an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Gilford taught criminal law, criminal justice, and related courses at San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2018, Dexter Gilford received the NAACP Annual DeWitty/Overton Award.

Dayna Blazey

Dayna Blazey

Director, Grand Jury/Intake Division

Dayna Blazey serves as the Director of the Grand Jury/Intake Division and oversees all of the diversionary dockets. These dockets include Pretrial Diversion, Drug Court, Mental Health, Veteran’s Court, Youthful Offenders, Magistrate Court, State Jail Felony Impact Court and Felony DWI Court. Dayna has worked for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office since 1989 and has served in various capacities, including Chief of the 299th District Court and Chief of the Child Protection Team. She also handles all expunction matters for the office.

For two and a half years, she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to assist in the federal prosecution of a man who attempted to assassinate a sitting District Court judge. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received her law degree from South Texas College of Law.

Gregg Cox

Gregg Cox

Director, Operations Division

Gregg Cox serves as the Director of Operations and is directly responsible for the following areas of operations: Victim Services, Budget and Accounting, Records Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Open Records, and Extraditions.  Additionally, he oversees the Digital Forensics Unit and handles other operations and functions at the request of the District Attorney.

Gregg was born and raised in Texas. He earned a degree in Accounting from Tarleton State University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Gregg has been with the District Attorney’s Office since 1991.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Special Prosecutions for fifteen years, was a chief in the Trial Division for three years, and worked in the Trial Court, Grand Jury and Child Abuse sections prior to that.  He also served a two year stint as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute 19 members of a prison gang in a federal racketeering case.

Beverly Mathews

Beverly Mathews

Director, Special Victims Unit

Beverly Mathews serves as Assistant District Attorney and Director of the Special Victims Unit. Ms. Mathews is a veteran prosecutor who oversees sexual assault, child abuse and family violence cases prosecuted by the Office, as well as Child Protective Services representation by the Office.

Ms. Mathews has served as a prosecutor since 1991, following her graduation from Baylor University School of Law, and has held previous assignments in the Trial Division, Public Integrity Unit and former Family Justice Division.  She has served in various capacities as a prosecutor, unit chief and division director.

Don Clemer

Don Clemmer

Director, Special Prosecutions Director

Don Clemmer serves as Director of the Special Prosecutions Division overseeing white collar fraud, organized crime, and public integrity prosecutions. Mr. Clemmer joined the Office in 2017, after previously serving as judge of the 450th District Court of Travis County, Deputy General Counsel for Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, and Assistant District Attorney for Harris County. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Houston Law Center.

Guillermo Gonzalez

Guillermo Gonzalez

Director, Trial Division

Guillermo Gonzalez is the Director of the Trial Division. Mr. Gonzalez served as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, NYC from 1988 to 1993, and in Travis County, Texas from 1994 through 1996. He later became a partner in the law firm of Buford & Gonzalez, where he practiced for nearly 18 years, representing individuals in the area of criminal defense and personal injury law. Mr. Gonzalez is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Specialization and has been awarded an AV rating as preeminent in his field by the rating service Martindale Hubbell.

Scott Taliaferro

Scott Taliaferro

Assistant Director, Trial Division/Appeals

Scott Taliaferro, head of our appellate section, is an Assistant Director of the trial division.  He oversees all post-conviction litigation and manages the appellate section’s legal-support service, which provides real-time strategic assistance, upon request, to prosecutors throughout the office.  Mr. Taliaferro joined this office more than two decades ago, with experience in felony prosecution, complex civil litigation, and public policy.  Early in his tenure here, he prosecuted cases in the trial division and in the insurance fraud, child abuse, and juvenile units.  He later worked for many years as an appellate prosecutor and then served as chief of the juvenile unit.  He returned to the appellate division as its director in 2013.  In 2016, after concerns arose about the reliability of DNA evidence, his responsibilities also included the development and management of our conviction integrity unit.  Mr. Taliaferro served for several years on the State Bar’s attorney grievance committee.  He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Atlanta University.

Rickey Jones

Rickey Jones

Assistant Director, Trial Division/Juvenile

Rickey Jones serves as Assistant District Attorney for the Trial Division. Mr. Jones oversees the Trial Division which consist of 24 attorneys. In addition, Mr. Jones oversees the Juvenile Division, which is part of the Trial Division. Mr. Jones joined the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in January of 2017.

Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office Mr. Jones was the managing partner of Jones Herbert Campbell & Marsaw a Dallas based law firm, practicing criminal law, personal injury, family law and probate. Mr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Norris McKenzie

Norris McKenzie

Chief of Investigations

Norris Mckenzie serves as Chief of the Investigation Division. Chief Mckenzie joined the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in 2017 and assumed the duties as Chief in 2018.

Chief Mckenzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Alabama and is a retiree of the Austin Police Department. Chief Mckenzie served 28 years at the Austin Police department and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. While at the Austin Police Department, Chief Mckenzie managed such divisions as Child Abuse, Sex Crimes, Gangs, and both DEA and FBI Federal Task Forces.

In recognition of his leadership while at the Austin Police Department, Chief McKenzie’s Family Violence Protection Team was recognized as Unit of the Year in 2008. Investigators under the leadership of Chief Mckenzie are assigned to trial teams or specialized units within the Travis County District Attorney’s Office based upon training and experience. The Investigation Division is staffed by investigators who are certified Texas Peace Officer. Their primary responsibilities include assisting the prosecutors in evaluation and preparing cases for trial.

Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams

Executive Assistant to the District Attorney and First Assistant

Nancy Williams, Executive Assistant to Margaret Moore and Mindy Montford, is a native Austinite and the DA’s office is her first time with county government but she has worked in many other government entities including 12 years with State Senator Lloyd Doggett and two years with Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Prior to joining the DA’s office she spent 11 years at the City of Austin, nine with former council member and Mayor Lee Leffingwell and two years in the Government Relations Office. She was also an Associate Director in the public affairs department of Texas Trial Lawyers Association for seven years. She is a former Executive Director of both the Travis County Democratic Party and the State Democratic Party and has been involved in democratic politics for 50 years.