Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL EMPLOYEE DALIA PEREZ RECEIVES "OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT" AWARD

Former Mercedes Resident Recognized for Management of AG Child Support Office

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today that Dalia Perez received the "Outstanding Individual Achievement"award from the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC). Perez, who manages the Attorney General's Austin North child support office, was recognized in the management category for improving the lives of children through effective child support enforcement. Perez received the award today in Portland, Oregon at the 19th Annual Training Conference of WICSEC, an organization representing child support programs in the western United States.

"I am very pleased that Dalia Perez is being recognized for her effectiveness as a child support manager. Dalia's knowledge of the child support program, combined with genuine compassion for the families we serve, makes her extremely successful at her job," said Cynthia Bryant, Deputy Attorney General for Child Support.

Perez is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Emilio Ybarra Sr. of Mercedes. Perez graduated from Mercedes High School in 1981.

Perez began her career with the OAG in 1986, when she became a legal secretary in the McAllen child support office. She was promoted to unit manager of the Austin North field office in 1991.

The Austin North child support office handles 21,000 cases from Travis and Williamson counties. Child support collections totaled $36 million for the state fiscal year (SFY) that ended Aug. 31, 2002. Under Perez's leadership, the Austin North office led the state in child support collections. The office exceeded agency production goals in paternity actions to establish legal relationships between fathers and their children, and in child support orders that require the payment of court-ordered child support.

Last month Attorney General Cornyn announced that statewide child support collections exceeded $1.4 billion for the first time in the history of the Texas child support program. The $1.409 billion collected in SFY 2002 represents an 86 percent increase over the $757 million collected in 1998, the last state fiscal year before Attorney General Cornyn took office.

Perez competed with employees from county, state, federal and private child support enforcement agencies in the western United States for the outstanding achievement award.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support division, please visit the agency's website www.oag.state.tx.us.

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