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Wednesday, December 12, 2001

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF OAG EMPLOYEE

Child Support Administrator Tommy Smith Retires with 27 Years of State Service

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that Tommy Smith, regional administrator for the attorney general's child support program in East Texas, is retiring this month after 27 years of service to the state of Texas. Smith has worked for the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for 22 years. Prior to his OAG employment, Smith worked for five years with the Texas Department of Human Services.

Smith began his OAG career in 1979 as a child support officer in Pittsburg, Texas. In 1983 he was promoted to unit manager of the Paris child support office. Smith assumed his current position of regional administrator for OAG child support services in the Tyler region in 1994. The Tyler region covers Smith and 42 surrounding counties in East Texas.

Smith's colleagues praise his dedication to ensuring that the children of Texas receive the financial support they need and deserve.

"Because of Tommy's compassionate nature, he never forgets that each case file represents a family and children who need his help," said assistant regional administrator Bobby Porter.

Smith was honored today at a reception at the Rose Garden Center in Tyler. His last day on the job is Friday, Dec. 21.

Smith, who resides in Tyler and Mt. Pleasant, has a 12-year-old son and ten brothers and sisters. After retirement, Smith plans to spend more time with his family. He will also attend Trinity School of Theology to complete a Ph.D in Biblical Studies.

The Texas Attorney General's Office is the official child support enforcement agency for the state of Texas. Child support services include locating absent parents; establishing paternity; establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support monies.

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