Troubled Tarrant County Chief Appraiser Jeff Law held on to his job with a 3-2 vote of confidence from the Tarrant Appraisal District board on Friday, despite ongoing issues within the agency during Law’s 90-day probationary period.

The board issued Law a “letter of repair” in April outlining a program for improvement.

Complaints about TAD’s operations included problems with the agency’s property appraisal software and website, as well as a lack of transparency both within the agency and with the public.

Law was also implicated in the targeting of local property tax consultant Chandler Crouch.

“If people are a target of a governmental entity, I want to make sure we do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said TAD Board Secretary Rich DeOtte, who cast one of the two votes of “no confidence” in Law.

Vince Puente, the newest member of the TAD board, cast the other “no” vote.

Puente was selected to replace former board president Kathryn Wilemon, who was ousted in a recall for failing to adequately oversee Law and the agency amid an avalanche of public complaints in recent years.

“I appreciate the board putting difficult issues on the agenda,” Crouch told Texas Scorecard following Friday’s vote.

It takes two board members to place an item on an agenda for public discussion.

The next board meeting is scheduled for November 10.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.