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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Harris County Commissioners Court
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harris County Constable Bill Bailey resigned his position effective May 13, at the end of today’s meeting of today's Harris County Commissioners Court meeting. Bailey, the longest  serving constable in Harris County, said that he had already announced the layoff of 11 deputies because of the major reductions in the county budget; and still needed to lay off one more.

"I've reached the difficult decision that that employee's going to be me," he said. "I will cut my position.”

The commissioners court voted unanimously to defer approval of dues to a number of organizations for which the county has memberships. The list includes the National Association of Counties and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

“I’ve never gone to a meeting,” said County Judge Ed Emmett referring to the NACo membership.

“I would very much like to hold this item,” said Commissioner Steve Radack.

The commissioners court voted to name alternates to the county’s representatives on the H-GAC Board of Directors. Radack will be Emmett’s alternate and El Franco Lee will be the alternate for Commissioner Jack Morman.

The commissioners court authorized a request by Constable Gary Freeman to cancel law enforcement agreements with Galena Park Independent School District and the Harris County Department of Education.

The commissioners court approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Houston in connection with the construction of Gellhorn Drive from IH-610 to Wallisville Road.

The commissioners court voted to refer a request by County Clerk Stan Stanart for a cellular telephone allowance to the Management Services Department for review and recommendation.

A proposal for authorization to accept four canines donated to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department by the K9s4COPS organization was withdrawn from the agenda and was not acted on by the commissioners court.

A recommendation to proclaim property in Juan Seguin Park to be surplus and sell it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for fair market value was withdrawn from the agenda.

A proposed agreement with Acxiom Information Security Services, Inc. to add post-employment drivers license and motor vehicle records verification services was withdrawn from the agenda.

The commissioners court approved three resolutions: designating March 20-26 as Professional Surveyors Week and April as Child Abuse Prevention Month; and a resolution in honor of Cindy Kilborn, who is retiring from the Public Health & Environmental Services Department.
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All other agenda items were approved. All votes were unanimous with Jerry Eversole absent because he is currently on trial.






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