After four years serving as the Executive Director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Richard A. Hyde, P.E., will be retiring in April.

"It has been a privilege to work for the people of this great state, but now it's time for myself and my family to begin the next chapter in our lives," Hyde said. "I'm thankful to have worked with so many dedicated employees at the TCEQ. TCEQ's employees work hard every day to protect the environment using good science and common sense."

Mr. Hyde began his career as a permit writer with the Texas Air Control Board, predecessor agency of TCEQ, more than 25 years ago. He has worked in several areas of the agency, including director of the Air Permits Division, deputy director of the Office of Permitting and Registration, deputy director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, deputy executive director, and executive director since January 2014.

At the time of the announcement, TCEQ's Commissioners had not identified the successor. To allow a smooth transition once one has been selected, Mr. Hyde will step down the end of March but will remain at the agency through the month of April.

If you require assistance with permitting or any other environmental issue, contact the Trinity office nearest you by calling (800) 229-6655.