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Top compensations in Central/West Texas Operations Department

Name Hire date Compensation
James N. Houser 11/6/2006 $70,069
Clay S. Bales 7/15/1999 $60,137
Renee A. Burks 4/1/1991 $57,415
Daniel R. Lewis 7/1/1993 $57,276
Robert E. Edmonson 7/15/1993 $55,500

Top Regional Forest Health Coordinator compensations at Central/West Texas Operations Department

Name Hire Date Compensation
James N. Houser 11/6/2006 $70,069


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