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Harris County Unveils First-Ever Countywide Strategic Framework

Harris County Unveils First-Ever Countywide Strategic Framework

04/30/2024 - Office of County Administration

(Harris County, April 24, 2024) - On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved its first-ever Strategic Framework. The framework—which includes a purpose statement, a vision statement, guiding principles, goals, community indicators, and objectives—sets the direction that Commissioners Court envisions for Harris County and gives County departments clear context to work to achieve the County’s highest priorities over the next five years.

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Detention Officer Hiring Study

Detention Officer Hiring Study

04/16/2024 - Office of County Administration - RAD

The OCA-Research and Analysis Division (RAD) published a report on detention officer hiring practices in eleven Texas and non-Texas counties. RAD found that Harris County has the fifth lowest detention officer vacancy rate (11.0%).

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Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

03/19/2024 - Office of County Administration

Join us as the Office of Harris County Administration celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting the remarkable endeavors within our community aimed at empowering women. Guests include Ellen Cohen, Chair of the Harris County Women's Commission, Santrice Jones, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives with the Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity, and Sergeant Melissa Barajas from the Women's Empowerment Center at the Harris County Sheriff's Office  @HarriscountysoOrg . Tune in for an insightful discussion on fostering empowerment and equality for women in Harris County.

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Harris County Receives $515,000 Grant from Houston Endowment to Establish Language Access Program

Harris County Receives $515,000 Grant from Houston Endowment to Establish Language Access Program

02/28/2024 - Research and Analysis Division

(Harris County, TX) – February 28, 2024 — Following approval from the Commissioners Court, Harris County is poised to enhance accessibility and inclusivity with the allocation of a $515,000 grant from the Houston Endowment to establish a Language Access Program (LAP) led by the Office of County Administration’s Research and Analysis Division (RAD).

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Harris County Celebrates Milestones in Inaugural Climate Action Plan Implementation Report

Harris County Celebrates Milestones in Inaugural Climate Action Plan Implementation Report

01/31/2024 - Sustainability Division

(Harris County, TX) – January 30, 2024 — Reporting on a year of progress, Harris County unveils the significant achievements of its Climate Action Plan for Internal Operations (CAP) implementation for the inaugural year, marking strides toward sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.

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First Annual Report on the Harris County Climate Action Plan for Internal Operations

First Annual Report on the Harris County Climate Action Plan for Internal Operations

01/30/2024 - Office of County Administration

In January 2023, the Commissioners Court adopted its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Internal Operations, targeting a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The plan focused on cutting emissions, lowering expenses, and boosting resilience across Buildings & Energy, Clean Fleet & Commuting, and Sustainable Procurement & Waste Management.

While 2023 served as a starting point in operationalizing this plan, there are some key highlights in this report to showcase early successes in the CAP implementation phase. 

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Harris County Announces New Deputy County Administrator Leah Barton Named Deputy County Administrator of the Office of County Administration

Harris County Announces New Deputy County Administrator Leah Barton Named Deputy County Administrator of the Office of County Administration

01/17/2024 - Office of County Administration

(Harris County, January 17, 2024) - Harris County is pleased to announce the appointment of Leah Barton as the Deputy County Administrator, a key leadership position responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of County Administration (OCA).

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Harris County Commissioners Court Unanimously Approves New Harris County Strategic Planning Process

Harris County Commissioners Court Unanimously Approves New Harris County Strategic Planning Process

11/03/2023 - Office of County Administration

(Harris County, November 3, 2023) - On Tuesday, Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the launch of a countywide strategic planning process that aims to provide a vision for Harris County's future that aligns budgeting with priorities, supports further transparency in County operations and works with the public, and connects County employees' work to the County’s strategic direction. This plan will represent a collective commitment of Commissioners Court and County departments, with valuable input from the community as well.

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Harris County Streamlines Research and Analysis Departments, Enhancing Efficiency and Collaboration

Harris County Streamlines Research and Analysis Departments, Enhancing Efficiency and Collaboration

10/26/2023 - Office of County Administration

(Harris County, October 26, 2023) – Harris County is pleased to announce a strategic organizational change aimed at optimizing the delivery of research and analysis services for the Harris County Commissioners Court. In an effort to enhance efficiency, promote collaboration, and better serve our community, two key departments, the Harris County Commissioner’s Court Analyst’s Office and the Office of Justice & Safety are merging to form a single, comprehensive division under the Office of County Administration. The new Division will be renamed, the Research and Analysis Division (RAD).

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Harris County Commissioners Court boosts early learning initiatives with child care quality improvement grants

Harris County Commissioners Court boosts early learning initiatives with child care quality improvement grants

10/19/2023 - Office of County Administration

Harris County, October 19, 2023) - Early childhood plays a crucial role in the development of young minds, setting the foundation for future success. Harris County Commissioners Court has awarded five organizations a combined total of $18.8 million to improve child care quality over the next three years via the Early Learning Quality Networks (ELQN) initiative.

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HARRIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR FOCUSES ON COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

HARRIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR FOCUSES ON COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

03/09/2022 - West Houston Association

On March 9th the West Houston Association (WHA) hosted a Harris County Update with David Berry who recently assumed the newly created role of Harris County Administrator. Utilizing a fireside chat style format, Alia Vinson, partner with Allen Boone Humphries Robinson and WHA Executive Committee member, moderated the discussion and took questions from the audience. 

ONE FOR ALL PODCAST: PRESENTING THE NEW HARRIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: DAVE BERRY

ONE FOR ALL PODCAST: PRESENTING THE NEW HARRIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: DAVE BERRY

07/27/2021 - Harris County Precinct One

This episode of One For All features a special guest, Harris County's first ever County Administrator- Dave Berry.

At the end of June, Harris County Commissioners Court approved the creation of a County Administrator to help improve efficiency among the county's different departments.

In county corner, we go over some of the more than 20 departments that the County Administrator will help organize.

Why Harris County Leaders Created The Position Of County Administrator

Why Harris County Leaders Created The Position Of County Administrator

07/08/2021 - Houston Public Media

Last week, Harris County Commissioners Court voted three-to-two along party lines to create a new position: county administrator. The first person named to the post was David Berry, who for the moment also retains his prior role as the county's chief budget officer.

However, the appointment was not without controversy, so Houston Public Media spoke with Berry about why Harris County needed this role and what exactly a county administrator does.

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