Archive for the ‘Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’ Category

Paul Bettencourt Plans to Resign
December 6, 2008

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.

Judge Emmett Makes it Official
November 17, 2008

Harris County Judge Elect Ed Emmett will be sworn into office on Tuesday to complete the term vacated by former County Judge Robert Eckels.

Emmett, who was unanimously appointed County Judge by commissioners court in March 2007, was elected to fill Eckels unexpired term which runs through Dec. 31, 2010.

 Judge Emmett had a decisive and impressive victory over his Democratic opponent David Mincberg, but now its time to put politics aside and get to work for the taxpayers of Harris County.

2 on the Beat thinks that the best thing about the election being over, is that we don’t have to hear any more of those “HUNKER DOWN” commercials that Emmett ran during the campaign. LOL!

Down to The Wire – Last Day to Early Vote
October 31, 2008

The West Gray Multi-Service Center was so THE place to cast your ballot AND campaign on the last day of early voting.

2 on the Beat spotted several candidates standing on the sidewalk shaking hands and asking people for their votes. 

The  candidates included: Republican District Attorney candidate Pay Lykos. Democratic Candidate for Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Democratic state representative Ellen Cohen. Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and his son. Republican State District Judge Martha Hill Jamison and her son.

Earlier in the week 2 on the Beat also ran into Harris County Incumbent Republican Sheriff Tommy Thomas who was campaigning in Tomball.


Pat Lykos



Houston Texans and Hurricane Heroes
October 4, 2008

The Houston Texans will take the field at Reliant Stadium this Sunday for the first time since Hurricane Ike caused damage to the retractable roof.

Football fans will have plenty of reason to cheer,  even if the team never scores a touchdown.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett,  Mayor Bill White and first Lady Andrea White, have been invited to serve as “Honorary Captains” during the pre-game coin toss.

During halftime  Judge Emmet will also help pay tribute to six Hurricane Ike recovery workers, including a volunteer, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy, and an electrical line worker.

The volunteers and workers are the real heroes of the Hurricane’s aftermath.

They will be recognized for their dedication and service to the county’s disaster recovery efforts.

2 on the Beat heard earlier this  week that Governor Rick Perry would also attend the game, but so far there hasn’t been any confirmation that he will be at Reliant on Sunday.

Harris County Orders Mandatory Evacuations
September 11, 2008





(Harris County, TX) – Due to changes in the track of Hurricane Ike and the expected

storm surge of up to 15 ft. in some areas, Harris County and City of Houston officials

are calling for the evacuation of citizens residing in Zones A & B of the evacuation plan.

A mandatory evacuation has been called for noon today for residents living in zip codes

77586 (Zone A), 77058, 77059, 77062, 77520, 77546, 77571, 77598 (Zone B).

Harris County will begin evacuating citizens with special needs that registered with 2-1-

1 as soon as possible. Those not registered should call 3-1-1 immediately if they need

help evacuating.

The routes identified for emergency evacuation by the state are Interstate 10 West to

San Antonio, Interstate 45 North to Dallas, Interstate 59 North to Nacogdoches and

Highway 290 West to Austin or Waco. The Texas Department of Public Safety will

stage contraflow in coordination with local plans when needed. Refueling stations will

be placed along the routes.

In order to minimize traffic of highways, emergency officials recommend that major

employees allow non-essential personnel to not report to work on Friday. However,

service providers such as grocery stores, restaurants and service stations are

encouraged to remain open to serve the public.

Those who have registered already with the state’s 2-1-1 system can expect to be

picked up and transported to one of the transportation staging areas for evacuation.

Any other special needs persons who need help evacuating need to call 3-1-1.



A Big Honor For Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County
September 5, 2008

Mayor Bill White and County Judge Ed Emmett

Mayor Bill White and County Judge Ed Emmett


Mayor Bill White has been honored  for all of the preparation and planning he has done to help protect Houston from the threat of  Hurricanes.

Now Harris County Judge Ed Emmett  will step into the spotlight.

Judge Emmett will travel to the White House on Monday to take part in a ceremony honoring the Harris County Citizen Corp.

The corp is a community preparedness program that has provided hands-on disaster training to more than seventeen thousand residents in our area.

During a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White house, President George W. Bush will recognize Judge Emmett and Mark Sloan, the county’s emergency management coordinator.

The organization received the Presidential “Call to Service Award” last year for coordinating thousands of volunteers to assist in the response to Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita in 2005.

As County Judge, Emmett is also head of the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.