I have noticed over the last few years Houston’s City Controllers Office has been kind of reactionary whether than proactive like in the past. What do I mean by that? Well, this week the Controller’s Office announced they’re looking into the Taser issue that has plagued the city of Houston and HPD. This comes after public outcry over the use of tasers on African Americans by HPD officers. My question is why must there be public outcry before the office looks into the issue or realize there is a problem. Case study #2: After the City Hall Bonus-Gate scandal broke on the news only then did the Controllers office begin looking into incentive pay improprieties. The Houston Chronicle was able to dig up more than the Controller’s office with an open records request. Case study #3: It was after a local television station began looking into the activities of the president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau that the Controller’s office joined in and started their performance audit. Case Study #4: It took several television stations and the newspaper to point out the problems at Municipal Court before the Controllers office began probing the issue. I can remember several years back when Sylvia Garcia and Judy Gray Johnson uncovered several cases of corruption well before it made the news. Now the office only seems to react after the fact. But I’m just one person and I can be wrong. Maybe they’re uncovering their own corruption – but I haven’t heard about it!
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