Changes made at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A woman with knowledge about Oklahoma’s environmental problems and challenges has been named a commissioner on the Texas Commission Environmental Quality.

Gov. Greg Abbott named Emily Lindley to the commission replacing Toby Baker who announced his resignation to become the agency’s executive director. Lindley had previously served as chief of staff for the Region 6 administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency based in Dallas. Region 6 covers Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.

She previously had been special assistant to deputy executive director at the Texas Commission Environmental Quality.

Baker was named to the commission by then-governor Rick Perry in 2012. He was also the point person for Governors Perry and Abbot on how grants were disbursed from the settlement of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

As executive director, he will replace Richard Hyde who retired in March.