Harris Co. now has a County Administrator to run the county day-to-day- What's Your Point?
HOUSTON - With little notice to or input from taxpayers, Judge Lina Hidalgo, this week rammed through a "seismic shift" in the fundamental manner Harris County will be governed moving forward.
With the full support of two Democratic commissioners, Hidalgo appoints a "County Administrator", and grants that person far reaching power to purportedly "streamline and co-ordinate" all county operations, including hiring and firing.
Critics, including the two Republicans on the court, called the move a "naked power grab" that shifts vital decision-making to a bureaucrat beholden to the party in power.
County Commissioner Jack Cagle said, "I do not believe that anyone should be that anyone regardless of how well-meaning they may be should be given these supreme chancellor style powers over all the other 20 departments in this county."
SIGN UP FOR FOX 26 HOUSTON EMAIL ALERTS
Judge Hidalgo responded, " We gotta modernize, man. This is so, it's very wonky. I can't run re-election on this topic, I’m doing it because it matters for good government and I ran for good government."
Hidalgo points out most major counties in Texas have hired an "administrator" as have many major jurisdictions across the nation.
Watch more What's Your Point discussions