Abbott picks longtime aide to lead Texas health commission - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Abbott picks longtime aide to lead Texas health commission

Source KAUZ Source KAUZ

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Greg Abbott has reappointed his former longtime aide as head of the Texas' massive health agency.

Abbott announced Wednesday that Charles Smith will continue as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission through January 2019. The governor first tapped Smith for the post last May.

Smith was once a top deputy under Abbott in the attorney general's office before Abbott became governor in 2015.

Smith has been something of a stabilizing force since taking over the 60,000-person health commission. He started amid a $110 million, no-bid contracting scandal and as a federal judge began ordering improvements as part of an overhaul to the state's embattled foster care system.

Smith's reappointment still has to be confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-09-18 05:30:22 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:44:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

  • Residents voice concerns at Mayor Santellana's town hall

    Residents voice concerns at Mayor Santellana's town hall

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:15:21 GMT
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)

    Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana's held a town hall at the MPEC Tuesday afternoon. Some residents in attendance shared their concerns about the direction the city is going in and whether the plans city officials had in mind fit the needs of the community. 

    Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana's held a town hall at the MPEC Tuesday afternoon. Some residents in attendance shared their concerns about the direction the city is going in and whether the plans city officials had in mind fit the needs of the community. 

  • Cruz, Trump Jr. to visit WF next month

    Cruz, Trump Jr. to visit WF next month

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-09-19 02:20:23 GMT
    (Source:KAUZ)(Source:KAUZ)

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Junior, the president's son, are expected to be in Wichita Falls next month.

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Junior, the president's son, are expected to be in Wichita Falls next month.

Powered by Frankly