Volume XXXI, Number 5
May 2016

HHSC Executive Commissioner Stepping Down: Smith Named as Replacement

One of Texas government’s most important and difficult positions is about to turn over for the second time in less than a year.

Chris Traylor announced on April 22 that he will retire as Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) at the end of May.

Traylor ascended to the post last June after serving as deputy executive commissioner of the agency under Dr. Kyle Janek.

The executive commissioner of HHSC manages a $35 billion budget and 60,000 employees. The agency has oversight of Medicaid, the state’s foster care program, hospitals, nursing homes, and more.

THCA President and CEO Kevin Warren said Traylor will be missed.

“The Commissioner has 26 years of public service in the Texas health care sector,” Warren said. “He has great knowledge of all aspects of this sector, including long term care. That experience and his openness will be hard to replace.”

Governor Greg Abbott named a new executive commissioner on May 3. Charles Smith, who has been serving as the agency’s chief deputy executive commissioner, will take the reins at HHSC following Traylor’s departure. Smith came to the agency from the Attorney General’s office, where he served as deputy for child support. He will have to be confirmed by the Texas Senate during the next legislative session in 2017.

Cecile Young, who is currently the agency’s chief of staff, will take Smith’s position as chief deputy executive commissioner.

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