Well, it looks like things have settled down somewhat over on the 6th Floor in the aftermath of the Republican Primary. Despite initial concerns of mass retaliatory firings by the Administration, Lykos seemed to have been content to just loudly blame all of her underlings for losing the election.
I was surprised to learn that Lana Shadwick made her return to the Office yesterday after her leave of absence to run for Judge. Her position in Grand Jury had (mercifully) been filled by someone who actually knew what she was doing. Hopefully, this will cut down on Shadwick getting defendants indicted who were already on deferred adjudication and help the County avoid a lawsuit for unlawful arrest.
Lana being replaced in her Grand Jury slot, however, begs the question of "Where do we put her now?"
Apparently she is officing on the 6th Floor with an ambiguous job description.
Lykos is appearing in front of the Commissioners' Court today for some ambiguous reason. I've never been a big Commissioners' Court watcher, but I've heard that she is approaching under Item 2C regarding the budget.
I've heard it from multiple sources that her goal is to lower the maximum pay for certain high level positions within the office. I'm not sure what her reasoning is for that, but it appears strange to me.
Maybe she did her own merit review of her Executive Leadership Committee and decided that they weren't earning their keep.
Maybe she needs room in the budget for Lana's room and board.
Maybe she needs it to pay for the Grand Jury "investigator" (which is the equivalent of a paperboy having an intern.)
Maybe she's trying to show the Commissioners how fiscally responsible she is so that they will find a reason to put her name on a new Independent Crime Lab.
We shall see.