Former Perry Adviser Picked To Lead TCEQ

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has picked a former adviser to Gov. Rick Perry as the agency’s new executive director.

The agency’s three commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Zak Covar executive director. He will enter the position on May 1. Current director Mark Vickery is retiring.

The commission regulates and oversees environmental issues in Texas.  It has been accused of censorship and of whitewashing certain environmental concerns.

Covar has been active in state government for years. He began his career as a lawmaker’s clerk on the Texas House Environmental Regulation Committee.

Between 2005 and 2007, Covar served as Perry’s adviser on environmental and natural resource issues. He advised Perry on budget and policy issues regarding the TCEQ, the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Covar has also served as executive assistant to TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw, and as the agency’s assistant deputy executive director.

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One Comment

  1. Really Tired says:

    Another member of the “Good Old Boys” club????

  2. Zeb says:

    The words “Republican”, “Perry”, and “Environment” don’t belong in the same sentence. If they had their way, we’d be like Chinese Industrial province villagers, coughing up lungs and washing it down with polluted water.

  3. bill says:

    What is interesting about Covar’s appointment is that the position was posted internally and he was the only applicant. What most people do not know is that an “ordinary” person with Covar’s lack of experience would not have even been afforded an interview for the position. For most job postings for any state agency, the applicant must meet the minimum qualifications to even be interviewed. Covar’s 6 years of environmental experience and degree in a science barely qualifies him to meet the minimum qualifications of a low level supervisory position with the agency.

  4. Sue Hanley says:

    Does Texas even need this commission? Really, how many high paid state executives do we need to say, “Yes, sir”?

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