Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Names New Executive Director

Date: June 9, 2008

Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

TCEQ Commissioners Name Mark Vickery Executive Director

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted unanimously today to appoint Mark Vickery as the executive director of the agency effective June 17, 2008. Vickery has served as the deputy executive director since May 1, 2004. He succeeds Glenn Shankle, who is retiring from state government. Vickery previously served as deputy director for the Office of Permitting, Remediation and Registration, as well as for the Office of Compliance and Enforcement.

Vickery began his career in state government 21 years ago as an enforcement coordinator with the Texas Water Commission, a predecessor agency of the TCEQ. His experience includes work in all areas of the agency including industrial and hazardous waste enforcement, municipal solid waste compliance and enforcement, waste tires, and as director of field operations which included supervising more than 800 employees in 16 regional offices across Texas.

As the deputy executive director, Vickery served as the agency's chief operating officer and provided oversight of the day-to-day operations of more than 2,900 employees and an annual operating budget in excess of $564 million.

"Mark Vickery's depth of knowledge and extensive experience with the TCEQ made him the ideal candidate for this position," said TCEQ Chairman Buddy Garcia.

"Mark started his career here at this agency, rose through the ranks, understands the challenges and issues ahead, and is unquestionably qualified to serve as executive director," added Commissioner Larry R. Soward.

Commissioner Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., noted Mark's previous work with the legislature on behalf of the agency. "We will have someone in charge who knows the process and is well-respected by members of the legislature," he said.

Vickery thanked the Commissioners for their vote of confidence and for giving him the opportunity to serve the citizens of Texas in this critical role. "I fully understand the tremendous responsibility that has been bestowed upon me," said Vickery. "I will continue to look for ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the TCEQ as we work to protect our state's precious natural resources. I also remain committed to investing in this agency's talented and dedicated employees who believe in our mission of environmental protection."

For more information, contact:
Andy Saenz
Phone: 512/239-5000

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