Networking Dinner 09.26.00:
Chris Bell - Council Member R. Christopher (Chris) Bell was first
elected to Houston City Council in February 1997 in a special election
to fill an un-expired Term and then re-elected in December 1997.
Council Member Bell chaired the Council Committee on Customer Service
and Initiatives, which was created for him by former Mayor Bob Lanier
to carry out his goal of providing Customer Driven Government to
the citizens of Houston. Customer Driven Government applies common
sense and basic business principles to City Services with the objective
of making city government more responsive to the needs of taxpayers.
A twice yearly City Services Survey and a Mystery Shopper program
are two of the initiatives the committee has launched to gauge satisfaction
with city services and employee helpfulness.
Chris also served as Chair of the Council Committee on Fiscal
Affairs. During the year 2000 budget process, he implemented a new
amendment review that helped streamline the entire budget process.
Chris is an attorney with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons and is a graduate
of South Texas College of Law. While attending law school, he worked
as a reporter for KTRH Radio and was awarded Best Radio Reporter
by the Texas Associated Press in 1991. He received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Council Member
Chris Bell is the first city official that sponsored a live, online
(AOL), town-hall meeting.