Texas officials frequently ignore hiring law for friends, campaign workers (Houston Chronicle)

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Photo Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

By Brian M. Rosenthal

At first glance, Hector Valle would seem like an odd fit for the state agency that oversees all public land in Texas.

When the 37-year-old applied to join the Texas General Land Office last October, saying he wanted to be the agency’s “special counsel” – a job that did not exist – his only work experience was as a Dallas anti-gang prosecutor.

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