- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas’ health commissioner is retiring a year after being appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of a contracting scandal over a company hired to root out Medicaid fraud.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Traylor on Friday told employees of the state’s massive health agency that he is finally making good on his original plans last year to retire. His last day will be next month.

No replacement has been named, but Abbott will again choose the next leader of the nearly 60,000-employee commission.

Traylor took over as the commission emerged from a $110 million no-bid contracting scandal that led to the resignation of top officials. He leaves as the foster care division is under fire after a federal judge in December ordered the system to be revamped.

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