Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Attorney General Abbott Names Conroe Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

CONROE – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Curtis Collum, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Conroe office, for his commitment to Texas children. Collum, who was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the 9-county region based in Houston, received the honor Monday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

“Curtis Collum’s hard work and dedication has helped ensure thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “A committed and selfless public servant, Curtis stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Curtis for his commitment to Texas children and the State of Texas.”

AAG of the Year award recipient

Curtis Collum

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s eight child support regions and the main office in Austin. Recipients are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrated a desire to help others and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Collum, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2000, is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents. As an assistant attorney general, he also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders for child support and medical support. Collum, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of his excellent ability to respond to challenges and his willingness to take on additional tasks and provide assistance to others when needed.

Collum’s colleagues praise his passion for providing young Texans the financial and medical support they need and deserve.

“Curtis devotes 100 percent of his efforts to accomplishing the Child Support Division mission,” said Al Ochoa, senior regional attorney. “He is completely dependable and professional and he models great customer service, while providing superior legal work.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families,
including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.