$150K PR deal for Harris County flood control district punted again

Sims Bayou

A $150,000 contract for a public information consultant with the Harris County Flood Control District was removed from consideration for the second time this month.

Commissioner Jack Morman withdrew the item because he wanted to learn more details about what the consultant, Glenda L. Callaway, precisely does for the district, Dave Walden, Morman’s chief of staff, told Texas Watchdog in an interview after Tuesday morning’s commissioners court meeting.

Walden said before the meeting that Flood Control District officials had taken the contract off the commissioners court agenda earlier this month, so had the power to return it.

“We really didn’t learn anything” about Callaway’s contract since the commissioners court June 12 meeting, Walden said. But after reviewing Callaway’s credentials, “she looks very qualified.”

Texas Watchdog reported two weeks ago that Callaway’s contract did not have a start or end date and that county public records show that Callaway has earned a total of $906,000 from the Flood Control District since 2001.

Flood Control Director Mike Talbott said Wednesday morning that Morman staff members requested Callaway's contract be held for two weeks while they reviewed information she provided the commissioner, including details on projects she is working on in his district.

Editor's Note: This post was updated at 11:45 a.m. June 27 to include comments from Flood Control Director Mike Talbott.

Contact Mike Cronin at mike@texaswatchdog.org or 713-228-2850. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelccronin or @texaswatchdog.

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Photo of the Sims Bayou near Telephone Road via the Harris County Flood Control District.