The Harris County Commissioners Court’s Analyst’s Office is a new County department created by the Commissioners Court to provide the members of Commissioners Court and County departments with access to nonpartisan policy research and analysis to support policy decision-making. The Analyst’s Office receives requests directly from member offices of Commissioners Court and produces reports in response to those requests.


The mission and scope of the Analyst’s Office includes:

To serve Commissioners Court and their staff by being the primary provider of timely and accurate reports related to the efficiency and effectives of various County operations, to include fiscal and policy analysis that support the strategic planning, decision making, and requests of Commissioners Court. The Director of the Commissioners Court’s Analyst’s Office will report directly to Commissioners Court, in close coordination with other departments as applicable, on the status of all ongoing reports and upcoming reports.

Additionally, at the request of Commissioners Court, the Office will conduct operational assessments for County departments with department heads appointed by Commissioners Court. At the authorization of Commissioners Court, similar assessments may be conducted if requested by elected department heads seeking services from this office.

Katie Short joined the Analyst’s Office as the Director in October 2019. Prior to joining the Analyst’s Office, Ms. Short held posts in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including with the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan policy think tank, and most recently, with the Office of Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Ms. Short is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

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1115 Congress Street, 6th Floor
Houston, TX 77002