AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton’s top lieutenant resigned for a second time on Friday.
Paxton’s office announced First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy’s resignation in March. His second resignation came the day after The Dallas Morning News reported that Roy and at least one other top Paxton staffer had remained on the state’s payroll for more than a month after they’d stopped working.
The second resignation was effective April 7, the state comptroller and Paxton’s office confirmed, and Roy will be paid through that day.
In a statement to The News, Roy said he was using up his remaining vacation and leave time. But Roy — in remission for Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — added that he had struck a deal with Paxton’s agency to stay on the payroll longer, if need be, to take advantage of his healthcare benefits as a state employee.
Source: Former Ken Paxton staffer Chip Roy off state payroll, comptroller confirms DALLAS MORNING NEWS