Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, who smiled once a couple years ago, arrived on the scene and directed HHS Commissioner Smith to call the DPS hotline immediately and claim responsibility for the explosion. “We have procedures for a reason, dag nabit!” 

 DARS Administration Building ...before.                               DARS Administration Building ... before.

 DARS Administration Building ...after.     

Uh, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Demolished

This reporter left the scene in the early hours of September 1 as the dust settled so to speak and Texas Workforce Executive Director Larry Temple sat weeping -- distraught that all the DARS employees being transferred to TWC that morning would have nowhere to work. This was his building. “How could they do this to me?” he cried out.

And then, like a phoenix rising from the smoke and ash, a figure appeared to console the desperate man. Former DARS Commissioner Veronda Durden put her arm around his shoulder and said, “let me tell you a story.”

One year ago...

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DPS chief Steve McCraw smiling.

​​As mandated by House Bill 2463, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services administration building was demolished at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2016. The spectacular flattening of the building was witnessed by Texas health and human services commissioners, dignitaries and staff, in addition to a dozen plumbers -- just in case there was a water leak. 


“So, you’re sure that H.B. 2463 said ‘demolish” and not ‘abolish’?” Executive Commissioner Charles Smith asked Attorney General Ken Paxton, there to enjoy the fireworks.

 “Trust me, Charlie, I got this!” Paxton surveyed the crowd and spoke softly. “Wait ‘til I blow up the A.G.s office - figuratively speaking of course!”

DADS Commissioner Jon Weizenbaum was also on hand with some guy wielding a sledge hammer and a clipboard. “It’s all about best practices,” said Weizenbaum. “DARS was a teensy, insignificant agency and it’s to be expected there would be a problem or two to learn from. I’m just here to observe and learn, so I don’t make the same mistakes when I blow up the Winters Building next year.”

While the re-revis
ed HHSC Enterprize Transition Plan did not include notifying custodial staff working in the building about the demolition, somebody told them anyway. Also not included in the Transition Plan that was so amazing it was re-written twice, was informing the Texas Department of Emergency Management Homeland Security Council about the event; their main function is to tell the governor whenever A.G. Paxton signs off on blowing up a government building.

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services - Texas Workforce Commission Fun Facts:

  • Hair style of former DARS Commissioner Durden: Stylin’!

  • Hair style of TWC Executive Commissioner Temple: Wears a hat in the sun, we're told.

  • TWC Director salary: $179K

  • DARS Commissioner salary: $211k (you go, girl!)

  • Cost of a banana when DARS was established: 48 cents/pound

  • What a former DARS employee will get paid for picking bananas in Australia: $10/hour 

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This is kinda of what it looked like when Durden consoled Temple... except, these are two old dudes.