Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was the featured speaker at the June 2, 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline at the Kim Son restaurant just outside downtown Houston. Emmett, who has served as the presiding officer of Harris County Commissioners Court since 2007, engaged in an often lighthearted but also serious discussion with club founder Corbett Parker, an attorney and former member of the Bellaire City Council.
Emmett discussed his responsibilities as the chief emergency official in a highly urbanized county, the problems associated with taking care of mental health patients who frequently wind up in the Harris County Jail and — perhaps the most emotionally wrought issue of his tenure — the fate of the Astrodome.
Considered a pragmatic Republican in a very conservative state, Emmett voiced frustration with some of the issues that were most at play in the recently concluded session of the Texas Legislature.
For a full recap, see my Storify page of live-tweets of the event.
See my post on an earlier event with Houston Mayor Annise Parker here.
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