HOUSTON – Mayoral candidate Chris Bell is taking issue with former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia’s handling of the 2013 case of a mentally ill inmate spending weeks in a filthy cell, and Garcia’s recent claims that he made changes to ensure that wouldn’t happen again.
Bell cites last week’s indictments of two county jailers (accused of tampering with government records after an inmate died in 2014) as proof that Garcia didn’t do enough and he should know it.
Bell also says Garcia has been misleading folks about his fiscal record.
“When you look at what the county auditor has put out of what the adopted budget was for the sheriff’s department during the time he was sheriff over the years it was $82 million over budget. I don’t know how you take that and then go out to voters and say you saved you over $200 million. It simply doesn’t add up,” says Bell.
In response, Garcia released a statement saying in-part: “Rhetoric in the recent weeks demonstrates the clear difference between candidates who have had to vote on a budget versus a leader who has had to balance one.”