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No-Bid Contract For Private Security Detail For Lina Hidalgo Approved

Who cares about Democrat Harris County judges repeatedly releasing violent criminals when you have your own private security detail.

Democrats on Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $121,524 no-bid contract for an unknown security firm to provide protection for Hidalgo 12 hours a day, seven days a week through July 25th.

The Harris County Precinct One Constable officer previously provided security to Hildalgo, but apparently she now needs a white-glove, private security entourage.

Democrat Commissioner Rodney Ellis says private security is necessary because January 6th attack could happen here and law enforcement where involved so they are basically not to be trusted, saying “if people would attack the United States Capitol, some might I add from Texas had a law enforcement background. If it could happen there, at that sentinel of democracy, it could happen anywhere."

Democrat Commissioner Adrian Garcia says this issue should not even be discussed in open court and is above debate.

No doubt that when that contact expires, the Democrat will approve yet another.

Bill King broke details about this contract pointing that the,

“…contractor is to provide one “armed close security agent” 7 days a week for 12 hours each day at a rate of $60 per hour. That is roughly 2-3 times what a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy earns per hour.
In addition, the contractor will be reimbursed for leasing a SUV at the rate of $2,000 per week plus any fuel used. All in, the Purchasing Department estimates that the contract will cost the County a little over $10,000 per week.”

Here’s the breakdown of the contract (from KHOU)

The contract is with XMi Protection, a firm with little history or experience.

As King notes:

“XMi is apparently owned by Mr. Cortez Richardson. Mr. Richardson formed the company about eight months ago. The registered office is shown in the Secretary of State records as a residence in Spring.  The contract shows that XMi’s office is located at 18482 Kuykendahl, Suite 159 (emphasis added). However, it turns out the XMi’s “suite” is actually a post office box at this mailbox storefront. 
I could not find any website or other listing for the company. However, Mr. Richardson does maintain a LinkedIn page.  According to his page, he was a police officer in Oklahoma in the 1990s and then spent 20 years doing investigations in the Office of the Inspector General of HUD. The only “executive protection” experience mentioned on his page begins this month.”

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