Ken Paxton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Conroe Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

Curtis Collum of Montgomery singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children

CONROE – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Cutis Collum, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Conroe office, for his commitment to Texas children. Collum was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Houston region, which covers nine counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Collum on Tuesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

“Through hard work and dedication, Curtis Collum has helped improve the lives of thousands of young Texans and their families,” Attorney General Abbott said. “We are grateful to Curtis for his commitment to Texas children and his service to the State.”

Assistant Attorney General of the Year Award Recipient
Curtis Collum

Deputy for Child Support Charles Smith selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Collum, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2000, became the Conroe office’s managing attorney in 2012. As managing attorney, he represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. He also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Collum, a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because he has a history of working hard, focusing on the job, overcoming distractions, setting high standards, and obtaining impressive results, all the while downplaying his personal role in all accomplishments.

“Curtis Collum is a person of few words,” said Senior Regional Attorney Al Ochoa. “He allocates the greatest part of his energy to working hard. He is often the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. Not only is Curtis a hard worker, but he also is focused on the tasks at hand. He is 100 percent about getting the job done and he is undeterred by any challenges. Above all, Curtis demonstrates a humility that transcends all other qualities.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at