Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Announces New Leaders for Office of Veterans' Affairs and HTV

November 21, 2018 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has chosen new leaders for the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs, which provides vital services for Houstonians who protected our freedoms by serving in the U.S. military, and HTV, whose programming includes live telecasts of City Council meetings and other municipal government events.

The appointments will allow for smooth leadership transitions at city divisions that provide crucial public services, the mayor said.

Steven L. Hall, who most recently directed success programs for student veterans and other military-affiliated students at Houston Community College and previously at Lone Star College, will take over as director of the two-person Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs.

Hall was director of operations for the U.S. Air Force Air Education & Training Command from 1981 to 2006.

“Steven Hall served our nation in the Air Force for most of his life and also has deep experience with helping veterans succeed in their lives,” Mayor Turner said. “He brings to the city a perfect blend of credentials and dedication as we work to serve Houstonians who are veterans.”

Previous director Carl Salazar resigned this year to take a job in the non-profit sector.

Hall earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Trident University International. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business from Grand Canyon University.

Theodore “Ted” Irving will take over as manager of HTV after working simultaneously as magnet coordinator at Jack Yates High School for the School of Communications, Maritime Logistics and JROTC; professor of mass communications at the University of St. Thomas and television/film professor at the Art Institute of Houston.

Irving’s prior experience includes news video editing at Houston’s leading English-language TV news outlets.

“Ted Irving has the spark, the drive, the creativity and the management experience to lead HTV into the future as longtime manager Dwight Williams retires from the city,” the mayor said. “HTV provides a link between Houstonians and their local government and has great potential for communicating with the public through live-streaming as well as in-studio video and audio production.”

Irving earned a master’s degree in mass communications from Texas Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (radio, TV and film) from Sam Houston State University.