In yesterday's post about the looming Bettencourt deadline, a commenter noted that the agenda for Harris County Commissioner's Court would be posted this morning for next Tuesday's meeting. Here it is (PDF), but it doesn't tell us much:
Discussion and possible action regarding a replacement for the Tax Assessor-Collector of Harris County for a partial term ending at the completion of the November, 2010 election certification.
One other Bettencourt-related item on the to-do list:
Request for approval of a letter of engagement to name Andy Taylor & Associates, P.C., as special counsel to represent Paul Bettencourt in his capacity as Tax Assessor-Collector in connection with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
UPDATE: A name gets floated.
Leopoldo Vasquez, a corporate finance professional who serves on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice board, appears to be the leading candidate to replace Paul Bettencourt as Harris County tax assessor-collector.
Calling the Yale and Columbia-educated Vasquez "very respected and very intelligent" Commissioner Steve Radack said Friday he planned to nominate Vasquez at Tuesday's meeting.
Neither Radack nor County Judge Ed Emmett officially would confirm his selection because court members are barred from polling one another outside of meetings.
But Emmett said Vasquez is definitely on his short list.
"I would call him a very, very great choice," Emmett said.