Charles Smith was selected by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as the Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner for the Health and Human Services Commission effective June 1, 2016. Smith most recently was the Health and Human Services chief deputy executive commissioner. During his tenure at HHSC, Smith has worked to improve the agency's efficiency and accountability to Texas citizens.
Smith previously served as deputy for child support at the Office of the Attorney General from 2013-2015. He was responsible for the overall delivery of child support services performed by the division’s 2,700 employees. Smith began his career in the Attorney General’s office as a volunteer in the Child Support Division in 1988 and attained positions of increasing responsibility during his 26 year career within the division. Smith served as the division’s deputy director from 2004-2013 overseeing field operations. During Smith’s tenure, he led the division’s transformation to become the top-rated child support program in the nation.
His work in this area has earned him multiple awards throughout his career, and under Smith’s leadership the Texas Child Support Division was recognized as the most efficient and effective program in the nation for two years in a row.
Smith is a graduate of Texas Tech University.