Governor Greg Abbott appointed a retired Border Patrol agent from Harlingen to take over a vacated seat within the Texas Workforce Commission.
Abbott announced the appointment of Albert Treviño on Monday to the position of commissioner representing labor, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
“I am honored to serve the interests of 14 million Texans as the commissioner representing labor,” Treviño said. “I look forward to working with staff and my fellow commissioners to continue making Texas the best place to live and work.”
The position was left vacant by Julian Alvarez III, the first Valley native to hold the seat since his appointment by the governor in 2016.
Alvarez made his announcement Dec. 2.
“I truly have enjoyed the opportunity to develop impactful and innovative initiatives benefiting both our constituents and employers,” Alvarez said.
Like Alvarez, Treviño hails from Harlingen.
He has an Associate Degree in criminal justice from Texas Southmost College and a combined 33 years serving in law enforcement and Border Patrol.
When he worked for the police department in Harlingen, Treviño held positions ranging from a police instructor, to a background investigator and a patrol officer.
Treviño’s resume also includes working to represent his colleagues as treasurer for the National Border Patrol Council and, previously, as the executive vice president for the Local 3307 of the National Border Patrol Council, the Border Patrol union in the Valley.
Socially, Treviño stays active in the Knights of Columbus. He was also a former member of the city of Harlingen Tennis Advisory Board and a former volunteer for little league baseball.
“I congratulate Commissioner Trevino on his appointment to the Texas Workforce Commission,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “His years of public service will be a valuable asset as we work together to strengthen the Texas economy by expanding opportunities for our Texas workforce.”
“Congratulations and a warm welcome to Commissioner Trevino,” said Aaron Demerson, TWC commissioner representing employers. “I look forward to working together to connect Texas’ workforce with our world-class Texas employers.”
The unexpired term that Treviño will fill is set to expire Feb. 1. The governor’s office will make an appointment for the next full term, when appropriate, TWC stated.