Time for another update on Michael Wolfe, Harris County's wackiest Department of Education trustee. Previous installments are here and here. After months of talking about it, his fellow HCDE Trustees have made it official: They want him to resign.
After voting to censure Wolfe, the board then voted to retain an outside attorney to research possible legal moves if Wolfe does not step down.
In their written censure, trustees said Wolfe skipped meetings, ignored communication from the board, wasted employees' time, distorted information and expressed support for eliminating the department's property tax rate.
The department, funded mostly through grants and fees from school districts, assists area districts by running adult education, preschool and special-education programs.
Wolfe, a local GOP activist, described the board's move against him as politically motivated. All the trustees are Republicans, but Wolfe acknowledges supporting two candidates who defeated incumbents in the primary election.
Raymond Garcia, the board president who was one of those defeated, rejected the claim that the act was personal. Other trustees and even the board's superintendent, John Sawyer, raised concerns about Wolfe's performance last October.
"I do need to say, there is no personal vendetta involved here," Garcia said at the beginning of Wednesday's six-hour meeting, which mostly took place behind closed doors.