Embattled Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole Resigns - Who will replace him?

At 2 pm today, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett received a letter of resignation from Harris County Precinct Four Commissioner Jerry Eversole. Eversole has been under an FBI investigation and faces a new trial on charges of lying to an FBI investigator. The bribery charges that lead to a previous hung jury were dismissed today.  It is possible that the resignation and new indictments are related in a plea arrangement.

The remaining charge could land Eversole in prison for up to five years although that is probably unlikely according to local news sources.  Eversole has reportedly spent over $1 million in legal fees from his campaign funds so far. This is legal under Texas law.

The resignation letter is available here for your information. The resignation becomes effective on October 1st of this year.

Harris County Director of Communications, Joe Stinebaker told me that between now and October 1st, Judge Emmett will consider names of persons interested in serving in a temporary position until a special election can be held in November, 2012.  The special election will elect someone to fill the remainder of Eversole's term which expired at the end of 2014.

In a statement released today, Judge Emmett said, "Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole’s office delivered the commissioner’s letter of resignation to my office this afternoon. The letter states that Commissioner Eversole’s resignation will be effective Oct. 1. Hopefully, he can reflect upon the positive accomplishments of his more than 20 years in office. The residents of Harris County will benefit for years to come from his roads, parks, libraries and many other improvements in Precinct 4.

Under state law, I am responsible for appointing a replacement for Commissioner Eversole, and I intend to identify and select a replacement of the highest integrity and qualifications as soon as possible.

I know the past three years of federal investigations and media scrutiny have been an ordeal for Commissioner Eversole and his family, and I wish them the very best for the future."

The position opens a new opportunity for fiscally Conservatives to step forward and help bring the Harris County budget under control while meeting the needs of taxpayers in the community.

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