Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Monday, September 11, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES CHIEF OF CRIME VICTIM SERVICES DIVISION

Twenty-seven year veteran of human services and criminal justice to head key post at Attorney General's Office and implement new management plan

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced Rex Uberman as the Chief of the Crime Victim Services Division at the Attorney General's Office.

Uberman will oversee several key functions of the Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Division including the State's Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

Along with Uberman's position, the Attorney General is also announcing a new management plan for the Crime Victim Services Division that will streamline the process and make it easier for victims to get the services they need. The division will have a new policy and procedures manual that will help the Attorney General's office better assess victims needs and process claims more efficiently. The new management plan also includes the establishment of a statewide ombudsman that will serve as a single point of contact for crime victim advocates.

"This new management plan under the direction of Rex Uberman will help crime victims and victims advocates get the assistance and attention they need and deserve," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Uberman has 27 years of experience in human services and criminal justice. He will leave his position as Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to join the Attorney General's Office. In his six years with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Uberman supervised 5,000 employees, over 300 contracts and an operating budget of over $500 million. Prior to this position, Uberman was part of the management team for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services, where he contributed to the development of new child protection laws and helped establish a single "800" number for people to report child abuse.

Prior to his work in Florida, Uberman served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Director of Juvenile Detention Services for the Dallas County Probation Department.

Uberman was an adjunct faculty member of the Sam Houston State University School of Continuing Education in Huntsville and Temple University in Philadelphia. Uberman is also a past member of the Planning and Development Committee of the Council of Governments in Texas.

Uberman, who was reared in Texas, has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master of arts degree in urban studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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