Harris County Commissioners Court

Harris County Commissioners Court Jack Cagle, Precinct 4 commissioner[/caption]

Big decisions made in 2015

  • Bond proposals approved
    Harris County voters approved four bond proposals totaling $848 million on Nov. 3. The bond referendums included $700 million for mobility projects, $60 million for parks and trails, $24 million for a new animal shelter and $64 million for Harris County Flood Control District projects.

  • Jail management change
    The county appointed a new sheriff, Ron Hickman, who agreed to allow the county jail to be managed by a jail administrator—a shift the commissioners sought for several years.

Harris County Commissioners Court Ed Emmett, Harris County judge[/caption]

Top issues for 2016

  • Demand for services
    Despite the passage of bonds in 2015, demand for countywide systems will continue to grow as Harris County is expected to add 80,000 residents per year. The growth places strain on roads, law enforcement and other services.

  • City and county relations
    The county will continue to work with the city of Houston as progress is made on a joint jail processing center. The election of new Mayor Sylvester Turner could lead to other opportunities for more collaboration with the city.


Commissioners Court is held twice monthly at 10 a.m. except in May and November at the Harris County Courtroom, 1001 Preston Ave., Houston. 713-755-5000. www.harriscountytx.gov

Terms and compensation

Commissioners and the county judge each serve staggered four-year terms with no term limits. The county judge receives $173,800 per year, and commissioners earn $165,900 per year.

By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.