Unless you pay absolutely no attention to Harris County politics, you are probably well aware that (now) former-Harris County Sheriff, Adrian Garcia resigned his position to run for Mayor of the City of Houston. The move had been rumored for months, but since Garcia was required to resign before he could officially announce, he held off on making it official for some time.
What had also been rumored for months was that Harris County Commissioners were planning on appointing Harris County Constable for Precinct Four, Ron Hickman, to fulfill Sheriff Garcia's unexpired term. That was a smart move -- Hickman is very politically active in the Republican Party and has a good reputation. He's also a great campaigner.
Sheriff Hickman wasted no time in getting to work on cleaning up some of the messes created under the Garcia Administration -- focusing largely on problems that consistently plague the Harris County Jail. Sheriff Hickman also set a goal for getting rid of some of his unnecessary administrative positions in favor of more deputies out on the streets. One of those unnecessary administrative positions has apparently been the job of former-Harris County First Assistant Jim Leitner.
I've heard from several reliable sources this morning that Leitner was terminated from HCSO by the incoming administration. Although Leitner and I aren't big fans of each other, I can empathize. It really sucks to lose your job because of politics, doesn't it? As of this writing, it does appear that Sheriff Hickman will be keeping Clint Greenwood, for some reason.
The path that Leitner takes from here will be interesting. After leaving the Lykos Administration in 2008, he tried going back to the Defense Bar for a little bit before going to the Sheriff's Office. He got started on a lot of appointed cases that he didn't finish.
The mayoral election is on November 3rd of this year. Given that everybody and their dog are running for mayor, it will almost certainly go to a runoff (scheduled for December 12, if necessary). If Adrian Garcia loses the election, it is rumored that he fully intends to try to reclaim the Sheriff's Office in 2016. If that is ultimately what happens, Jim wouldn't be able to land himself another political hire with the Sheriff's Office until January 1, 2017 at the earliest.
So, does Jim return to the Land of Burned Bridges within the CJC as a defense attorney where he can deal with prosecutors (who detest him) on a daily basis? Does he hope and pray that Garcia wins mayor and appoints him to be the King's Hand? Will he go to work as a guest blogger over at Big Jolly's website? Will he get to work early on Kim Ogg's inevitable 2016 campaign for District Attorney? Does he get a job as in-house counsel at Don Hooper's energy trading firm, Kramerica Industries?
It will be interesting to see what happens next.