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Retirement of TCEQ's executive director announced

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 -- Richard Hyde will remain with agency through April
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners today announced the retirement of Executive Director Richard A. Hyde, P.E., effective this April.

“It has been a privilege to work for the people of this great state, but now it’s time for myself and my family to begin the next chapter in our lives,” Hyde said. “I’m thankful to have worked with so many dedicated employees at the TCEQ. TCEQ’s employees work hard every day to protect the environment using good science and common sense.”

Hyde began his career in state government more than 25 years ago as a permit writer with the Texas Air Control Board, a predecessor agency of the TCEQ. He has worked in several areas of the agency, including director of the Air Permits Division, deputy director of the Office of Permitting and Registration, deputy director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, deputy executive director, and executive director since January 2014.

“Throughout his many years at the TCEQ, Richard has worked tirelessly for the state of Texas and the employees of the TCEQ,” said TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., P.E. “As someone who has grown within the agency, he knows the agency process inside and out. We owe a tremendous debt to Richard for his service and leadership of this agency.”

“With all the demands of running a large state agency, Richard has remained laser-focused on protecting public health and the environment,” TCEQ Commissioner Jon Niermann said. “He has approached this mission with excellent judgment and superb leadership. Texans have been fortunate to have a public servant of Richard’s caliber.”

“The executive director of the TCEQ is a tough and often thankless job, and Richard did it with the highest degree of competence and integrity,” TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker said. “He has served this agency and the state of Texas honorably over a long and impressive career, and we wish him the very best.”

Commissioners will work expeditiously to identify a quality successor, so the TCEQ can continue to uphold its commitment to Texans and to environmental quality across the state. Hyde will step down as executive director at the end of March, but will remain at the TCEQ throughout the month of April to allow the agency to transition smoothly.