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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Former KPRC 2 reporter for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector?

The Tribune is reporting that Mike Sullivan, Houston City Council Member-District E, could be a likely candidate for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector.

Here is why I'm blogging about that on a media is more of The Tribune story:

If Sullivan runs and wins, he will follow in the path of legendary Jack Cato, who worked for 20 years as the police reporter and television photographer for KPRC-TV Channel 2 before being elected Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector in 1999.

“I started as the night police beat reporter for Channel 2 after school,” Sullivan said. “For two years, I reported to Phil Archer and Jack Cato. Then Cato left and became the tax assessor.” READ THE REST

As pointed out in the comments, Cato was the County Treasurer, not Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. Kevin Whited of blogHOUSTON commented that The Tribune deleted the original story I linked to. On Nov. 5, the paper republished the story online with the corrected information.


  1. Jack Cato was never Harris County's tax assessor-collector. He was treasurer for a time back around 2000. Carl Smith was the tax assessor-collector for years until he died circa 1999 and Paul Bettencourt took over.

  2. Jack Cato was elected County Treasurer in 1999, and was re-elected in 2003. He passed away in 2006 only months after he won the Republican primary, and he was expected to win a third term in November.

    Jack and I were lifelong friends and professional colleagues, and I miss him very much.

    Mike's mislabeling Jack's elected job is an easy mistake to make. Many people confuse the two jobs.

  3. In addition to getting facts wrong, the Tribune seems to have changed their link on the story. The one you've provided no longer pulls it up.

    What are they trying to be, the Houston Chronicle?


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