Livingston Named Executive Director of State's
Criminal Justice Agency
(AUSTIN) - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) today has a new Executive Director. Brad Livingston, the agency's Chief Financial Officer, was appointed to the top position by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice after the group convened in executive session in Austin. Livingston has served as TDCJ's Interim Executive Director since November 1, 2004, and will formally begin his new duties immediately.
"Mr. Livingston has done a remarkable job of guiding the agency and, in doing so, has confirmed our confidence in his leadership skills," said Christina Melton Crain, who chairs the criminal justice board. "The staff highly respects him and his ability to make
Livingston, 43, joined TDCJ in October 1997 as the Deputy Director of the Financial Services Division. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June 2001 and assumed broad responsibility for the agency's day-to-day business, fiscal, and administrative operations. Before joining TDCJ, Livingston served as a Group Director in the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning. In this capacity, he played a key role in developing, as well as presenting the Governor's budget proposal to the Legislature.
"I am grateful for the support and confidence shown by the criminal justice board and the agency's employees," Livingston said. "I look forward to my continued working relationship with the Governor and state leadership. Together, we will help the agency fulfill its mission and commitment to public safety."
Livingston's government experience also includes the Legislative Budget Board, where he provided fiscal analysis and testimony, to the Texas Legislature, on budgetary and programmatic issues of various state agencies, including TDCJ. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with honors from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and holds a Master of Public Affairs degree (MPA) from the University of Texas at Austin.
"I am proud to have the opportunity to continue serving the dedicated professionals employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice," Livingston added. "The transition was smooth when I assumed this role on an interim basis and our staff can expect this approach to continue. We have an outstanding executive leadership team and I'm confident in their ability to continue serving in those roles."
The search for an Executive Director began after Gary L. Johnson announced his retirement in October 2004. TDCJ is headquartered in Huntsville and has jurisdiction over state correctional facilities, parole and probation. The agency has approximately 38,000 employees statewide.