Hutto City Council removes Steven Harris as economic development chair

Regarding the removal of Steven Harris, Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for the decision. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regarding the removal of Steven Harris, Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for the decision. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Regarding the removal of Steven Harris, Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for the decision. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hutto City Council voted 5-1 to remove Chairman Steven Harris from the Hutto Economic Development Corp.

Harris' term was set to expire June 30.

Mike Arismendez, who is filling the Place 5 seat on council and is also on the EDC, recused himself from the vote. Council Member Peter Gordon voted against the motion, which Council Member Tanner Rose created.

The removal follows a presentation of the last two years of EDC expenses and return on investment given by Harris during the April 1 City Council meeting. The presentation faced several delays and was originally requested in January. During the April meeting, council members expressed concern over the lack of a legal expense category that was not listed on the fiscal year 2019-20 report as well as $42,494.20 marked for “other expenses.”

Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for removing Harris.


"We're a council that's pushing for transparency and yet we can't get the EDC chair to provide us with transparency," she said.
By Megan Cardona
Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions. She worked at UT-Arlington's student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years before joining Community Impact.


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