Controller-Elect Green Celebrates Before Tackling New Role At City Hall


In the middle of  juggling a hectic schedule transitioning from city council to the second highest ranking position at city hall. Houston’s controller-elect Ron Green took time Wednesday night to celebrate.  The occasion?  Green’s victory in the runoff election and his 40th birthday.

Green’s wife,  Justice of  the Peace Hilary Green, along with a host of  other family, friends and supporters gathered at the Mercer Lounge in Southwest Houston for the special event.

Between snapping pictures for the blog, I asked Green about his plans for the office once he is sworn in on Monday, January 4, 2009.

Green told me that Chris Brown, who served as his  chief of staff on city council, will become the new deputy controller.  Brown holds an MBA from the University of  Houston and is the son of  former mayoral candidate and city council member Peter Brown.

Green has previously told 2 on The Beat that he plans to balance the role of  being the city’s chief financial officer and taxpayer watchdog with building a strong working relationship with newly elected Mayor Annise Parker and the incoming city council. 

Meanwhile, several of  the people helping Green celebrate included: city council member Wanda Adams, Alison Greene and Keir Murray(who served as Green’s campaign chairman) Dan Pederson, Gail Brown and Carl Davis from the city of  Houston, party organizer LaChanda Jenkins, Houston attorney Felix Chevalier, and Riyad Abu-Taha.

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