Commissioners Bid Farewell to Longtime Harris County Employee

Dr. Dick Raycraft

The final meeting of the year for Harris County commissioners marks the last day for budget director Dick Raycraft. Each commissioner said goodbye to a trusted adviser to generations of county leaders.

 

Dr. Dick Raycraft was not one to grab the spotlight as he sat at one end of the semi-circle at Harris County Commissioner's Court. For the last three decades, he has served as the county's budget officer. The 72 year old Raycraft has been a county employee for more than 43-years. He also served as Commissioners Court's top "fix-it" man to county departments.

Commissioner El Franco Lee began the kudos to Raycraft.

"Dick, we...I for one, and Precinct-1 employees will miss your presence, while we have the strength of your leadership and tradition that you set for the county financially, policy-wise as well."

Commissioner Steve Radack thanked Raycraft for helping him the past 27 years.

"Your wise, caring professional, dedicated, and a true fighter for the community. I along with thousands of others are gonna miss you. And I pledge to you though, that we will never raise your ad valorem taxes on your homestead."

Commissioners Jack Morman and Jack Cagle thanked Raycraft for helping them with the transition to county government. Then Harris County Judge Ed Emmett spoke.

"I wanna say one more time, not only people at this table, but there are people all over Harris County that constantly talk to me, and I know we're all gonna like I said, get fussed at, because we didn't give them the opportunity to come say thank you to you, for all these years of service. But I know you know who they are, and I know they'll get in touch with you so, thank you very much."

Under a plan being considered, Raycraft's position would be eliminated, and be replaced by a department of financial services and planning.

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