Top Texas social services officials get big salary hikes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Top Texas social services officials get big salary hikes

DALLAS (AP) - Top officials with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission are getting big salary increases at a time when the agency's rank-and-file workers have gone without raises for years.

Public records examined by The Dallas Morning News show 11 administrators now make at least $200,000 a year, 10 years after there were none and almost two years after there were three.

The newspaper reports 10 top commission officials have received raises of $10,000 to $72,000 each over the past 13 months. Most of the increases, if not all, resulted from promotions.

Meanwhile, Executive Commissioner Charles Smith has sought no raises for the more-than-33,000 rank-and-file workers in the commission. Most of whom are caregivers at state-run centers for mentally disabled patients or take welfare benefits applications.

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