When Mayor Annise Parker was elected to her first term in 2009, she promised to continue sound fiscal management and to address the problem of homelessness, encourage sustainable development, and promote small business. While her predecessor, Bill White, was considered an expert manager and had to step down due to term limits, all the candidates promised to maintain his level of competence. Yet White left behind several problems that he inherited and that seemed intractable. Many residents experienced sever flooding issues. A special statute allowed Firefighter pension funds to increase without prior notice to the city, millions in accounts receivable went uncollected, and the Houston Crime lab was the subject of numerous reports of failed management. Mayor Parker has actually addressed each of those issues, and in some cases, eliminated them altogether.
Mayor Parker has balanced each budget, and navigated the most difficult periods of the recession without laying off a single policeman or firefighter. The new crime lab has negotiated with two leading private labs to eliminate the backlog of 6600 rape kits in less than a year, and homelessness is in decline, due in part to thousands of federal vouchers to support a comprehensive support to help homeless persons become stable in new homes. Here are a few other examples.