The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission has released its staff review and recommendations regarding the Port of Houston Authority. Report
“The Port of Houston Authority is not a broken organization, despite the image that may appear through the the harsh glare of the media spotlight or a cursory reading of this report's findings,” the commission said in the summary of its report. “Certainly, the authority has had its missteps and the scrutiny and criticism those missteps attract are justified. However, nothing is gained from dwelling on he details of past controversies except to learn from them and guide the way forward.”
The report does include specific recommendations.
- Modernize the commissions appointment structure by providing for a governor-appointed member with required business experience, having members elect the chair instead of a joint appointment by the City of Houston and Harris County, and putting clear parameters around commission terms, including limiting tenure to no more than 12 years.
- Require standard best practices to promote ethics and good governance for the commission and authority staff, such as clear separation of duties between commissioners and staff, standards of conduct, a code of ethics, and additional financial disclosure and conflicts of interest requirements.
PHA Executive Director Colonel Leonard Waterworth talked to Guidry News Service about the report. Listen
"As with any 100 year old organization there's some things that we can tweak, make better and set the conditions for the next hundred years," Waterworth said. "Overall, I'm pleased with the staff recommendations in the report and we're looking to figure out how we implement those recommendations they've made in the report."
The Port of Houston published a news release on the Sunset Commission recommendations.