January 11, 2007
Radack v. Sanchez

I remain skeptical that anything much will be done to eliminate the office of Harris County Treasurer now that it is inhabited by Orlando Sanchez instead of Richard Garcia, but County Commissioner Steve Radack is still giving it the old college try.

Commissioner Steve Radack, who wants to abolish the county Treasurer's Office, said Harris County should withdraw from the Texas Association of Counties if it doesn't reverse its opposition to abolishing constitutionally mandated elective offices.

Radack told the Commissioners Court Tuesday that the decision on abolishing the office should be left up to voters and the association has no business meddling in the county's affairs.

"The association should support any effort by the county to reduce the size of county government," Radack said.

Actually, I'd assume that the TAC would consider it part of its mission to maintain status quo as a matter of course. That's pretty much how organizations like that operate. I'm not saying it's right or wrong - in general, I'd say "it depends" - but I don't think Steve Radack is naive enough to really believe what he's saying here.

The board of the association, a nonprofit organization that lobbies on issues affecting counties and runs seminars on ethics and open records laws, passed a resolution last month opposing abolishing treasurer posts and other elected county offices mandated by the state constitution.

"Abolishing any of these offices would create gaps in county government and be an impediment to effective local government," the resolution said.

But Marc Hamlin, the association's president and Brazos County district clerk, said the association wasn't taking a specific position on the Harris County treasurer's post.

I don't find anything unusual in TAC's actions here. I also don't care one way or the other if Harris is a member of it or not. By sheer size alone, Harris is unique in Texas, so it may not derive all that much value from its membership. Is this a line-in-the-sand, take-my-ball-and-go-home issue? Probably not, but then no one's ever accused Radack of being subtle. He does make up for it in entertainment value, though.

County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez, who assumed the office this month, opposes abolishing it, saying that it can act as a watchdog on county spending.

I'll repeat what I said on Monday: Prove it to me, Orlando. You've got a year. I'll be watching.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 11, 2007 to Local politics

I think Orlando should petition the State to eliminate Radack's position.

Posted by: Charles Hixon on January 11, 2007 2:08 PM

Radack, with his double-dipping Suba history and ineffective representation by virtue of his numerous abstentions in Commissioners Court, is not the best example of an honest, hard-working County Commissioner I would want to collect opinion from. Sanchez should take his pencil and beat him over the head silly.

Posted by: Charles Hixon on January 11, 2007 2:16 PM

Ok, I'm confused. All of the work of the TAC consists of essentially "meddling in the affairs" of counties. TAC is an organization of county officials that exists for the purpose of lobbying for county governments. I'm certain if there has ever been an issue on which Radack felt TAC involvement would have been useful, he has called them for help.

Posted by: Dennis on January 11, 2007 2:26 PM


Its a bit prejudice of you to think Steve Radack like OS more than Richard Garcia.

Radack does not and in the past has not liked OS. It is not likely he Radacek voted for OS this past fall.

In the privacy of his voting booth its possible he did or does admire the professionalism and professional training, the genuine conservatism and hard working private sector business record of Richard Garcia, MBA.

Posted by: Burt Levine on January 11, 2007 9:02 PM