From a press release by Ag Commissioner-elect Sid Miller yesterday:
Today, the transition team of Texas Agriculture
Commissioner-elect Sid Miller announced that Texas Facilities Commission
Executive Director Terry Keel will be leaving that agency and will be joining
the Texas Department of Agriculture as an Assistant Commissioner of
Agriculture. The former state lawmaker, Travis County Sheriff, and criminal
prosecutor will assume the newly created position of Assistant Commissioner for
Enforcement, Consumer Protection, and Border Security. In that capacity he will
oversee the department’s extensive inspection division and will protect Texas
consumers from fraud and abuse by those the department
First, those have been responsibilities of the Ag Department for years and years, and theoretically (but often not actually) getting done without a new assistant commissioner.
So, there's the money-wasting part.
The crony part?
The first Republican sheriff of Travis County, as Miller touts Keel, eventually lost in the 2006 GOP primary when he tried to move from the Texas House to the Court of Criminal Appeals. It's actually kind of sad, because he's basically a non-wingnut Republican.
And, that said, maybe that's a bit of positivity about Miller.