Harris County has a new taxman!
County Judge Ed Emmett and Commissioners Court voted 4-1 to name Houston Businessman Leo Vasquez to replace Paul Bettencourt.
Bettencourt, who was reelected last month, resigned to start a full-service property tax consultancy for taxpayers in Southeast Texas,
Commissioner Sylvia Garcia made an unsuccessful motion for the court to name Diane Trautman to the vacant position.
Trautman, a democrat, lost to Bettencourt in November.
Vasquez will have to run for election in 2010 if he wants to keep the seat.
Meanwhile, Congressman Elect Pete Olson stopped by to introduce himself to the Court. Olson will be sworn in next month after defeating Congressman Nick Lampson. His new district director is Issac “Jack” Molho.
Molho and Congressman Elect Olson
Outgoing district attorney Ken Magidson also stopped by Commissioner’s Court.
After stepping in for the former embattled DA who resigned in disgrace, Magidson will be leaving office to make way for Republican Pat Lykos.
She’ll be sworn in on January 1st.