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Chief of embattled Texas protective services department announces abrupt exit

Keri BlakingerMay 28, 2019

Hank Whitman, the former Texas Ranger in charge of the beleaguered Department of Family and Protective Services, announced Tuesday his plans to leave the agency in June, a move that comes after weeks of insider speculation about changes at the top of the agency charged with overseeing protection of children and the elderly.

Gov. Greg Abbott now faces the difficult task of finding a new leader for a difficult job.

“It has been a great honor to work with you,” Whitman said in a video emailed to department workers. “I can honestly say that protecting the unprotected with you has been the most satisfying time of my professional life.”

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