[Dallas, TX] – [In April 2011, the Dallas County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution calling on the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) to finance and undergo a performance review proposed by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and administered through an oversight committee set up by four area county judges: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Collin County Judge Keith Self, Denton County Judge Mary Horn and Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley. NTTA announced its final report last week based on recommended changes produced in the initial review and confirmed that it had successfully acted on ALL 82 recommendations. Judge Jenkins stated, “We are passing a mile marker on a long journey. This agency is more nimble and innovative as a result of this process. We still have some challenges in diversity, collections and opportunity for public-public participation…but we’re in a much better place than we were in 2011.”]
The committee was proposed by Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins as a local alternative to the state Sunset review process. Judge Jenkins was quoted as saying, “The best antiseptic is sunlight and we need to promote efficiency and transparency in all aspects of government, including the NTTA.”
Since 2011, the four County Judges have provided input, made recommendations, and provided oversight of the financial and performance review of the NTTA on behalf of their respective commissioner’s courts and, through Alvarez & Marsal, identified a total of 82 recommendations for monumental changes within NTTA, including Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise involvement, administrative fees and funding alternative in times of cash-flow shortages, transparency, organizational structure and diversity representation on the NTTA Board of Directors as well as a review of NTTA’s financial analysis and liquidity. The NTTA rendered its report based on the review and confirmed that all 82 recommended changes had been met.
Throughout the process Judge Jenkins has fought for transparency, stronger procurement policies and increased diversity, both on the Board and through NTTA contracts. In 2011, the Dallas County Commissioners Court appointed two new board members who Jenkins says demonstrate the kind of diversity we believe is representative of Dallas County: George “Tex” Quesada and Matrice Ellis-Kirk.
Contact: Judge Clay Jenkins