Office of the Chief Clerk
Larry L. Laine was sworn in as Chief Clerk and Deputy Land Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office in January of 2003.
The 1836 Republic of Texas law establishing the Texas General Land
Office and the position of Land Commissioner also provided that the
Commissioner must appoint a Chief Clerk to assist him in performing all
duties required in his official capacity and to act as Commissioner in
his absence. After Texas became a state, and the Land Office became a
state agency, the position of Chief Clerk remained.
Chief Clerk acts as the chief executive officer for the Land Office and
manages the daily activities of the agency. He is the only GLO
employee, other than the Commissioner, who may act on the
Commissioner’s behalf, legally contractually bind the agency, and serve
as acting Commissioner due to absence, resignation, impeachment or
death. Since the Chief Clerk is designated as the substitute for the
Land Commissioner, the position is bound by the same constitutional
oath administered to elected officials.
The daily activities of
the Chief Clerk include approval of all budget and expenditure matters;
approval of all agency policies and procedures; approval of internal
audit reports; executing all binding contracts related to agency
activities; and final approval regarding all personnel actions.
duties of the Chief Clerk are approval of all GLO legislative reports
and agency publications; approval of all correspondence for the
Commissioner’s signature; approval of all agenda items prior to board
and commission meetings on which the Commissioner serves; and, in the
Commissioner’s absence, represent him in his official capacity on all
boards and commissions on which he serves as chairman or member.