TYC Special Master Kimbrough Seeks Change

Jay Kimbrough (left) takes part in House Corrections Committee testimony.
Jay Kimbrough (left) takes part in House Corrections Committee testimony.

The special master whom Gov. Rick Perry appointed to investigate the Texas Youth Commission said Monday that he's not authorized to order changes but is acting as a vocal advocate to overhaul the agency.

Contentious issue: Jay Kimbrough's role in the investigation has been disputed by some lawmakers since he was appointed by the governor March 2. They say the state constitution doesn't provide for a special master.

Lawmakers want: The House Corrections Committee approved a bill Monday to appoint a conservator to run the agency. A conservator would have powers and duties outlined in state law. A special master's powers are not defined. The bill's future in the House is uncertain.

Until then: For now, Mr. Kimbrough said, he's working with the authority he has. "My constitutional authority is the First Amendment. I'm talking and I'm trying to help," he said.

Reporting lines: Mr. Kimbrough reports directly to Mr. Perry and the Legislature. "Kimbrough's not carrying a badge or ordering law enforcement to do this or that," said Perry spokesman Ted Royer. "He is the point man that is making sure that nothing falls through the cracks."

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.