Governor Abbott Releases Statement On DFPS Leadership Changes

April 11, 2016 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on the appointments of Henry "Hank" Whitman as the next Commissioner of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and Kristene Blackstone as Assistant Commissioner for Child Protective Services:

"The status quo at CPS is unacceptable. Our children are too important to suffer through the challenges they’ve faced. I’ve insisted on overhauling a broken system, and I applaud the leadership changes that will provide a new direction and focus that puts protecting children first."

Henry "Hank" Whitman is a former Chief of the Texas Rangers, and Kristene Blackstone has 17 years of experience with Child Protective Services, where she started out serving as a caseworker. She currently serves as the Deputy Director for Field Operations for the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.