Courtesy: Texas Health and Human Services

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs announced Thursday he’ll retire at the end of August. He headed the HHSC for three years.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve our great state in a position that touches the lives of every Texan,” Suehs wrote in a letter to the Governor, according to a news release. “It has truly been an honor and a privilege.”

Suehs was appointed by Perry in 2009. He’s worked in state government for 26 years.

“In his more than 25 years of dedicated service to the people of Texas, Tom Suehs has worked tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of families across the state," Gov. Perry said in a statement. "During his tenure as Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner, Tom helped steer the health and human services enterprise through significant and much-needed reforms, ensuring our taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently to help our most vulnerable Texans."

Suehs’ announcement comes just weeks after state Medicaid director Billy Milwee announced he would step down.