Harris County leaders have chosen Diana Ramirez as the new county administrator. County commissioners voted 4-to-1 along party lines to name Ramirez to the position she's held on an interim basis for six months. Republican Commissioner Tom Ramsey was the only vote in opposition.
Ramirez spent more than 20 years working on budget and economic development matters for Travis County before coming to work for Harris County in 2021. She was named the interim county administrator when her predecessor, David Berry, resigned in April to take a private sector post.
The Office of County Administration supervises the day-to-day work of county government. The position of county administrator was first established by Harris County Commissioners Court in June 2021, over the opposition of the court's Republican minority.
"The last six months have been...in the middle of the hardest job I've ever had, but also the one that has the greatest impact I've ever had in government," Ramirez said after her appointment, "so I'm very excited to continue and to serve the Commissioners Court and the people of Harris County. Thank you so much."