New Harris County Clerk takes office

Christopher Hollins (D) assumed office as Harris County Clerk in Texas on June 1, replacing former clerk Diane Trautman (D) following her resignation. The county commissioners court appointed Hollins to the position on May 19 after Trautman announced her resignation earlier in the month.

Trautman resigned due to concern regarding her ability to perform the duties of county clerk during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement announcing her resignation, Trautman said, “After much deliberation and discussion with my family and physician, I am resigning from my position as Harris County Clerk due to personal health concerns. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my age, and underlying health issues, I do not feel I can safely continue to carry out my duties as Harris County Clerk.” She left office on May 31.

Hollins is an attorney and vice chairman of the Democratic Party of Texas. He pledged to serve only through the remainder of the year and to not run for election to the county clerk position. The winner of the November general election will fulfill the remainder of Trautman’s unexpired term, which ends in 2022.

Harris County, Texas, is holding general elections for sheriff, county court at law, county attorney, tax assessor-collector, commissioners, justice of the peace, and constable—as well as county clerk—on November 3, 2020. Ballotpedia covers local elections in the 100 largest cities in the United States by population. Houston is the Harris County seat.

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