HOW LONG WILL THE PUBLIC INFORMATION POSITION LAST AT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE?

WHO WILL TALK TO THE NEWS MEDIA AT THE HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE?

As many reporters know after the departure of former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal there was the creation of a public information officer position. That’s someone who deals with the news media at the DA’s office. It was implemented by acting District Attorney Kenneth Magidson. But the question is just how long will that position last? The Insite had a chance to speak with Democratic District Attorney candidate C.O. Bradford who wasn’t quite sure if there should be such a position in the DA’s office. Bradford tells the Insite the DA’s job is not only to prosecute, get into the community, and dispense justice but also to deal with the news media. He sees the DA’s job as public information officer in the department. But he did not say he would abolish the position if elected to the post. However, from what I could tell he didn’t believe it was a paid position that was necessary in Harris County.

Acting DA Magidson comes from the federal prosecutors office. It’s a place where no one speaks to the news media unless approved by the US Attorney and then the public information officer. A culture that’s very different from that of most District Attorney’s offices around the country. Most DA’s feel their prosecutors are competent enough to handle the questions of a journalist. I think it’s an idea Bradford may go back to if he is elected.

No word from Pat Lykos on how she feels about the public relations position at the District Attorney’s office.

Here’s the latest press release about the position from the Harris County District Attorney:

HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

(Houston, TX) Harris County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today that George Flynn will be the office’s new public information officer.

George Flynn has worked in the news media/journalism industry for over 30 years, including reporting for the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Press, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Kenneth Magidson states, “The office is fortunate to announce Mr. Flynn’s hiring. He is an award winning journalist who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. Mr.

Flynn’s efforts will help ensure the office’s mission of integrity by releasing accurate and timely information to the citizens of Harris County.”