Leadership Team

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Brandon Dudley

Chief of Staff

Brandon oversees the operations of the various departments in Precinct One. Prior to joining Precinct One, Brandon worked as Chief of Staff for then-Senator Rodney Ellis for more than a decade. In that position, he oversaw the operations, and contributed to numerous initiatives in the areas of criminal justice reform, voting rights, economic opportunity, and environmental justice.

In addition, Brandon has worked for civil rights organizations doing legal and policy advocacy, and directed and worked as a counselor for various educational and empowerment programs for at-risk youth.

Brandon has served as board member of the Texas Civil Rights Project-Houston, the Houston Downtown Management District, and the Midtown Redevelopment Authority. He also was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, American Leadership Forum's inaugural criminal justice class, City of Houston Planning Commission, and the New Leaders Council-Houston Chapter.

Brandon received his BA in Political Science and attended the Graduate School for Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Judy Springer

 Director of Finance and Operations 

As Director of Finance and Operations, Judy’s responsibilities include oversight of Precinct One’s Accounting/Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, and Operations of the Road and Bridge and Parks Departments. She also oversees the precinct’s summer internship program.

Judy came to Commissioner Precinct One as the Controller in 1990. She then worked as the General Superintendent of Road and Bridge Department, and later became Director of Fiscal Services and Policy Development.

Judy began her career with Harris County in 1984 as an Internal Auditor in the Harris County Auditor’s Office, and later worked as Budget Analyst and Risk Management Analyst in the County Budget Office. She earned a Masters Degree in Accounting from Texas Southern University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston. 


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Sherea McKenzie

Director of Strategic Development and Initiatives Department

Sherea leads the department that supports and facilitates coordination and collaboration between divisions within the Precinct, Harris County departments and the broader community.  The Department assists Precinct One in implementing and enhancing strategies to provide inclusive, innovative, responsive, collaborative and fair high quality services and programs.

Sherea liaisons with multiple county departments and initiatives that affect overall county operations. She advises the Commissioner on matters related to judicial operations and associated ancillary services; and special projects related to health care access for eligible individuals and other county-supported services. Additionally, Sherea serves as a Precinct One representative to the legislative committee that provides direction to the Office of Legislative Relations (OLR).

Sherea’s primary area of interest is positive youth development and she is the Precinct One board appointee to the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults. She is also the liaison to the Harris County Juvenile Justice Board.

Sherea received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Fisk University and a Juris Doctorate from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.


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William J. Taylor III

Director of Development and Infrastructure

William advises Commissioner Ellis on the development of major infrastructure projects (parks, green spaces, roads and hike-and-bike trails), and he works on infrastructure issues with internal staff and other county departments and agencies, as well as businesses that provide professional services for infrastructure projects.

A native of Virginia, William brings to Precinct One an array of experience from the private and public sectors. Prior to working for Commissioner Ellis, William served as Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Calpine Corporation, where he directed advocacy programs for a national power generator headquartered in Houston.   

He also worked as director of Texas Southern University’s Mickey Leland Center and as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  

William has held legal positions in the private and public sectors, including the Harris County Attorney’s Office. His career in public service includes serving as Chief of Staff to the late Congressman Mickey Leland; as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy; and as Counselor for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce (Clinton Administration).

He received his undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He spends most of his free time running, swimming, biking and playing tennis. He is the father of three adult children.


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Chambers Washington

General Superintendent of Parks 

Chambers, a native Houstonian who graduated from Kashmere High School, oversees the staff that operates, maintains and develops 30 parks and green spaces in Precinct One. 

Since joining Precinct One in 1988, Chambers has worked in the Trail Maintenance and Parks Department. He started as an Assistant Caretaker assigned to Hike-and-Bike (now Trail Maintenance) and eventually was promoted to that department’s Assistant Manager.

He also served as North Regional Area Manager and Central Regional Manager before his promotion to General Superintendent in 2012.           

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Deotis Gay

Superintendent of Road and Bridge

Deotis, a native of La Porte who has worked for four Precinct One Commissioners, manages the department responsible for road construction, repairs, maintenance, signs and markings. He also oversees regional road and bridge managers as well as regional fleet managers responsible for maintaining the Precinct’s vehicles and heavy equipment.

He is the Precinct’s liaison to the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In addition, he’s the liaison with Engineering Department on capital improvement projects and with homeowners associations for various community needs. 
Deotis’ career with Harris County started as a General Utility on the road maintenance crew and he later became a Master
Operator. He was promoted to Regional Manager in the North Region at the Hardy Service Center. In 1997, he assumed his current position.