After more than two decades in office, Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole has resigned, effective Oct. 1. The resignation, which came unexpectedly Monday afternoon, appears to be part of a plea bargain in connection with corruption charges against Eversole. Channel 13 reports that new indictments issued on Monday drop bribery charges against the commissioner, leaving only a single count of lying to the FBI.
Eversole was scheduled to be retried on multiple charges of conspiracy, bribery and tax fraud next month. In March, a mistrial was declared on the charges after jurors failed to reach unanimous agreement. Ten of 12 jurors voted for conviction.
Eversole's replacement will be named by County Judge Ed Emmett.