Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that former Wichitan Alicia G. Key was retiring as chief of the Child Support Division after helping children receive financial support for 24 years, according to the Texas Attorney General's Office today, Wednesday, Oct. 29. Key, who formerly worked for the Wichita County District Attorney's Office, led the AG's Child Support Division for nine years.
She served as a prosecutor in Wichita Falls in the 89th District Court in the late 1980s before accepting a job offer with the Attorney General's Office enforcing child support laws. She left her signature on the child support division as she rose rapidly through the ranks until she was promoted to the chief's position for the entire Lone Star State. Ms. Key was largely responsible for the State of Texas leading the nation in collecting child support for several years and breaking its own record for most child support collected each year.
Ms.Key supervised 2,700 employees who provide services to more than 1.4 million families throughout the State of Texas. For the year which ended this past Aug. 31, the Child Support Division collected $3.6 billion in child support.
Under her leadership, Texas has led the nation in the amount of child support collected for the past six years.
Under federal and state laws, the Texas Office of the Attorney General can assist families who currently receive or who have received public assistance. Services offered include locating absent parents, establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents and modifying child and medical support orders in addition to collecting and distributing child support payments.
Ms. Key was popular during her career in Wichita Falls in the District Attorney's Office. Her shoes will be hard to fill as head of the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division.
Attorney General Greg Abbot is currently running for governor of the State of Texas. If elected, he will become the first Wichita Falls native to serve in that position.
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