As KPRC Local 2 reported on Friday night at ten, Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Paul Bettencourt intends to resign from office.
Bettencourt, who was reelected in November, says he plans to step down before Christmas.
“Over the Thanksgiving holiday I have received an offer of a private business venture that I intend to pursue,” said Bettencourt in a statement released to the media by his political consultant Allen Blakemore.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the commissioners court will name a replacement after Bettencourt officially steps down.
Bettencourt was reelected this past November after defeating Democrat Diane Trautman.
Trautman has released a statement saying she would like to be considered as a candidate for appointment and criticizing the timing of Bettencourt’s decision:
“I’m not sure there is a precedent for this type of thing and I find it highly unethical and deceptive to the good people of Harris County if Bettencourt knew about his “private sector position” before the election. Once again, he has placed politics before service and the needs of the Harris County Citizens and voters,” Trautman said in her statement.