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Odum, Houston’s Harvey recovery czar, stepping down from post

November 28, 2018

Marvin Odum, the former Shell Oil president Mayor Sylvester Turner tapped as Houston’s volunteer recovery czar shortly after Hurricane Harvey, is soon departing that role, the mayor told the city council Wednesday.

Odum had committed to coordinate the city’s recovery work until the arrival of the first significant chunk of federal aid, and Houston is now expected to receive $1.1 billion in housing assistance within a month. Departing with him will be Niel Golightly, a Shell vice president who has been on loan to the city as Odum’s chief of staff.

Odum said Steve Costello, the engineer and former councilman who has served as the city’s flood czar since 2016, will replace him.

“This is by no means the end of the recovery,” Turner said. “They’ve taken us through Phase One and we begin now to launch Phase Two, but we’ve just been very fortunate to have the benefit of their expertise, their intellect over the last 15 months. The city could not have asked for a better team to assist us.”

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