Did top Texas official break the law by forcing out agency director?


Highlights

Texas Railroad Commission executive director resigned after conversation with chair Christi Craddick.

Paxton’s opinion sought after Craddick is accused of running “dictatorship.”

An elected commissioner of the state agency that regulates Texas’ oil and gas industry lacks the authority to single-handedly terminate the agency’s executive director — but whether that’s what happened last year remains an open question, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday.

The attorney general’s opinion comes in response to the ouster in September of Kimberly Corley from the Texas Railroad Commission.

The former Shell Oil executive submitted her resignation in September as executive director after a conversation with the commission’s Republican chairwoman, Christi Craddick. Commissioner Ryan Sitton, a fellow Republican, accused Craddick of unilaterally forcing a change in leadership — at one point telling Craddick that “this isn’t a dictatorship.”

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