Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.
"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.
“As Commissioner at the Department of Family and Protective Services, the state has taken great strides to improve its Child Protective Services practices, increased the prominence of its child abuse prevention programs, and implemented a structured overhaul of the foster care system. These gains must be continued and built upon. I wish Judge John Specia well, and I am honored to have been able to call him a friend and colleague. Our children are safer because of John Specia." said Senator Carlos Uresti.