TWC Executive Staff

Executive Director
Larry Temple
Phone: (512) 463-0735

Mr. Larry Temple is the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission charged with day-to-day operations of the agency including implementation of policies set by the commission. He also directs the Finance, Human Resources Management & Staff Development and Business Operations departments.

Unemployment Insurance & Regulation Division
LaSha Lenzy, Division Director
Phone: (512) 463-7234

The unemployment insurance program, funded through employer taxes, provides temporary partial income replacement to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. The Unemployment Insurance and Regulation Division (UI) oversees:

  • payment of unemployment benefits to qualified claimants, and
  • collection of unemployment taxes from employers.
Workforce Development Division
Reagan Miller, Division Director
Phone: (512) 936-3563

The Workforce Development Division provides oversight, coordination, guidance, planning, technical assistance and implementation of employment and training activities with a focus on meeting the needs of employers throughout the state of Texas. In addition the division:

  • supports work conducted in local workforce development areas,
  • provides assistance to boards in the achievement of performance goals,
  • evaluates education and training providers, and
  • promotes and develops partnerships with other agencies and institutions.
External Relations Division
Tom McCarty, Division Director
Phone: (512) 936-2346

The External Relations Division is responsible for planning and implementing a coordinated outreach and education effort to customers and stakeholders. This includes:

  • managing external and internal communications for the agency
  • coordination of labor market and career information and
  • implementing a marketing strategy that unifies the workforce system under an umbrella brand.
Information Technology Division
Dee Meador, Division Director
Phone: (512) 936-3191

The Information Technology Division is responsible for agency's technology infrastructure, including:

  • project management
  • information technology operations
  • applications development and maintenance.
Employer Initiatives
Aaron S. Demerson, Director
Phone: (512) 463-1473

The primary responsibility of Employer Initiatives is to provide the leadership and direction within the Texas workforce system to engage employers, business organizations and the economic development community in the ongoing development of a customer-focused, market-driven workforce system.

Internal Audit
Virginia Quinn, Director
Phone: (512) 936-2507

Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve operations. The role of Internal Audit is:

  • to help the agency achieve its objectives and
  • to improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.
Civil Rights Division
Lowell A. Keig, Division Director
Phone: (512) 463-4432

The Civil Rights Division (CRD) enforces the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21) and the Texas Fair Housing Act (Texas Property Code, Chapter 301). The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability and retaliation. The Texas Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based race, color, religion, sex, national origin, mental or physical disability, familial status and retaliation. The CRD conducts the following activities:

  • Review of personnel policies and procedural systems of state agencies and institutions of higher education
  • Review of initial firefighter testing
  • Reporting of equal employment opportunity statistics
  • Equal employment opportunity training of state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public and private employers
  • Enforcement of fair employment laws
  • Enforcement of fair housing laws
Regulatory Integrity Division
Paul D. Carmona, Division Director
Phone: (512) 463-3454

The Regulatory Integrity Division enforces all regulatory statutes within the jurisdiction of the agency, including UI, career schools, board sanctions, wage claims and child labor. A priority of the division is the prevention, detection and elimination of fraud and abuse in the UI program. Division responsibilities also include Monitoring, Performance & Legal Enforcement, Office of Investigations, Collections & Civil Actions, Subrecipient Monitoring, Performance Analysis & Reporting and Labor Law.

Additionally, all collection matters for the agency involving overpayments and delinquent taxes owed to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, collection matters for the agency involving wage claims, and the collection of disallowed costs arising from contract monitoring are included in the Regulatory Integrity Division.

The Regulatory Integrity Division also works with the Office of Attorney General in all judicial reviews arising from enforcement actions, including UI and wage claim appeals.

General Counsel
Paul N. Jones, General Counsel
Phone: (512) 475-4221

The General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and support to the agency.
Responsibilities encompassed include:

  • coordinating litigation,
  • reviewing contracts,
  • responding to civil rights charges and
  • advising on open government issues

Last Verified: June 03, 2014

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Last Revision: June 03, 2014