News And People

Volume 14, Issue 8 - Friday, February 26, 2016
Texas local governments call May bond elections worth $3.8 billion
More than 50 entities to let voters decide on project funding

Leaders in almost 50 school districts and five cities, along with one community college district and an improvement district, have decided to call elections to request bond funding. Voters will decide the fate of more than $3.8 billion when the election date rolls around May 7.

That amount is down by almost 20 percent from the figure in last May's bond election, when local governments requested $4.75 billion, and much more sharply from last fall's bond vote, when $8.7 billion went to voters for approval.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc., has available for sale its Texas Bond Package, which provides a list of every public entity that will hold a bond referendum May 7. It also includes the dollar amount of each bond proposition and details on the proposed projects. Purchasers of the bond package will be emailed complete election results Monday, May 9.

Stacey Napier selected to lead state IT, IT security department
Longtime Greg Abbott staffer named executive director at DIR

Yesterday, the Governing Board of the Department of Information Resources (DIR) named Stacey Napier (pictured) the department's new executive director. In that role, she will lead the information technology (IT) and IT security efforts for the entire state government. She will begin her new role in mid-March.

Napier first worked for Greg Abbott when the governor took office as attorney general in January 2003. At that time, she had worked at the Texas Capitol for a little more than three years in legislative and policy positions. She would go on to spend the next 13 years working for Abbott in positions of increasing responsibility.

She began serving within the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) as deputy attorney general for government and external affairs - essentially the liaison between the OAG and the Texas Legislature - and continued to work in the office until Abbott's gubernatorial inauguration.

Napier will leave the governor's office, where she had been director of administration since Abbott took office in January 2015. She had served in a similar role, as deputy attorney general for administration, for her last two years at OAG, beginning in December 2012. In that position, she had responsibility for the eight administrative divisions within the office.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Napier also has a law degree from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

Napier is the second former Abbott staffer this year to take her place in state government outside of the governor's office. Last week, former Budget Director Kara Belew was named deputy commissioner of finance at the Texas Education Agency. That role gives Belew oversight of the Permanent School Fund and the state school finance system.

Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
John Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Career highlights and education: One of my first jobs was as a flower delivery boy in college, well before GPS and Google maps were widely available. I am a pediatrician by profession and worked in clinical practice for nearly 20 years. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed my residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I was the medical director for the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program at the Health and Human Services Commission, and one major highlight for me during that time was being named the Child Advocate of the Year by the Texas Pediatric Society. My focus was on building relationships to better provide services to the people who needed them. After leaving HHSC, I served as vice president of medical affairs for Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Most recently, I was the chief medical officer for the Seton Family of Hospitals.

What I like best about my job is: The state health department really does touch the lives of every Texan. You won't find anyone who cares more about the health of Texas as a whole than the employees who administer our programs. You have to know what makes you happy and make life choices that support your values, and the welfare of other people is at the center of our values system at DSHS. The agency is truly a silent guardian of the people of Texas.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: I was encouraged to come here and was told it would be one of the best jobs I would ever have. I came here knowing that, very much like clinical medicine, I'd be solving problems and gaining that depth of knowledge to become really, really good at helping people and improving their health.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: I would explain that I am sincerely committed to the concept of servant leadership - the job of the leader is to optimize the value our team has to offer. I want to allow the genius and energy of people to grow and help remove barriers to progress. In public health, the person comes first, and we cannot stray from that. It's about people and what they are worth to you.

If I ever decided to leave work early, I could probably be found: At home. I subscribe to the New York Times mainly for the crossword puzzles.

People would be surprised to know that I: I am a sports car enthusiast and prefer to drive at 4:30 a.m., when there is no one else on the road. I'm also lector at my church and a professional voice actor. (I even got paid once for a spot about children's health.) My family, including my three adult children and four grandkids, are the center of my life.

One thing I wish more people knew about my agency: I wish people knew how much this agency serves as a guardian of public health and helps avert serious problems like foodborne disease outbreaks and mosquito-borne illnesses. We have a world-class level of disease surveillance, and we are guardian angels in a way. Many people don't know that. Our team is proficient and very dedicated, whether it's to the health of Texas as a whole or to a single individual.

Austin seeks bids to redesign former water intake facility
Austin city officials recently agreed to seek a second round of proposals to convert a former water intake facility on Lady Bird Lake into an event space with public gardens while preserving key features of the facility built in the 1950s.

Two developers submitted designs in response to a 2013 competition to find a partner to redevelop the facility, which once drew water from the lake and directed it to a nearby power plant. The two submitted designs, however, raised concerns that the original request failed to emphasize the need to respect the architectural integrity of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The selected partner will pay the costs of redevelopment upfront and make its money back from fees charged for managing and renting the event space. Staff of the city's purchasing office said the new project solicitation will be issued by the spring.
Midland approves $42.3 million option for new convention center
Midland City Council members recently approved the design for a $42.3 million, 74,000-square-foot convention center facility. The chosen design was selected from three preliminary designs.

The approved design includes removing the chamber of commerce facility and building a convention center with a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 56,000-square-foot ballroom and 3,000 square feet of meeting rooms. Council chose this option over a less expensive option, estimated to cost $38 million.

City officials expect to hire a construction-manager-at-risk to provide a more accurate cost estimate by June.
Bryan mayor proposes loop to connect Bryan-College Station
Bryan Mayor Nancy Berry recently has proposed the construction of a loop around Bryan and College Station as part of a long-term plan to shorten travel time for commuters.

The proposed loop, completion of which might not come for 15 or 20 years, would be built along some existing corridors, such as SH 47, and connect to the east side of SH 30 in Bryan, the mayor said.

The goal is to plan infrastructure anticipating growth rather than reacting to growth after it happens, said Tim Lomax of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Lomax expects studies for the proposed loop will begin in a few years. He also estimated an eastern loop would cost about $70 million and a western loop about $23 million.

Van Alstyne board considering purchase of electric co-op facility
Van Alstyne Independent School District trustees recently authorized Superintendent John Spies (pictured) to hold discussions regarding the possible purchase of the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative (GCEC) facility to use as a district administration building.

The lack of a boardroom and overcrowded conditions at the current administration office had prompted board members to begin planning for the construction of a new  building, which was expected to cost between $1.5 million to $2 million. The 17,000-square-foot GCEC facility sits on five acres of land near State Highway 5. The property includes a warehouse, maintenance facility and covered commercial parking that could be used by school buses, he said.

GCEC officials contacted the school district about buying the facility after seeing reports of the planned new administration building. They pointed out that purchasing the GCEC facility could cost less than the new construction and provide more space and ancillary buildings. Spies did not provide a cost estimate for the GCEC facility and co-op officials have not yet decided to relocate their facility or to expand it and are waiting for a decision by trustees about the purchase, he added.
Fairfield to seek new bids for street, wastewater plant projects
Fairfield City Council members recently agreed to seek new bids for street projects and a wastewater plant upgrade originally scheduled for last year. The projects were delayed after the city engineer said he expected lower bids this year due to the state of the economy compared to last year.

Before bids can be opened for replacing aerators at the wastewater plant, council members must approve design specifications, according to the city administrator.

Council members also began considering a recommendation by Fire Chief Matt Foree to transition the current volunteer fire department to a full-time, paid city fire department. The chief urged council members to consider applying for a federal grant to help pay for the transition. Council took no action on the recommendation.
TEA Commissioner supports smaller scale testing for students
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath (pictured) recently testified that he supports scaling back the amount of testing students undergo. The step back from testing could permit teachers to provide immediate feedback to students on how they are performing and then adapt their instruction methods to help students improve their performance.

A former board member for the Dallas school district appointed Texas Education Agency (TEA) commissioner in December, Morath made the recommendation to a 15-member group convened to adopt recommendations on how to improve or replace the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The committee's recommendations are due to legislators by Sept. 1.

The education commissioner also is exploring implementation of smaller, computer-based assessments to replace STAAR, which has been criticized for its failure to provide sufficient and timely feedback to teachers and students while being too rigorous.

UH regents to seek design plan for new indoor football facility
The University of Houston Board of Regents recently agreed to begin the design phase for a new indoor practice facility proposed by the department of athletics.

Preliminary plans call for construction for the 80,000-square-foot steel building to begin in the fall of 2016. The facility, to be located adjacent to the new $125 million football stadium, will feature a 120-yard synthetic turf practice field and a 12,000-square-foot strength and conditioning area specifically designed for football.

In the past year, regents also approved a $60 million upgrade of the Houston Basketball Center and plans for a new 20,000-square-foot, two-story player development center and clubhouse along the third-base line of the school's baseball stadium. The track at the Carl Lewis International Complex also is being renovated in a $1.8 million project.
Greenville officials present airport master plan to council
Greenville city officials unveiled a proposed master plan for Majors Field, the municipal airport. The proposed plans calls for relocating seven airport facilities now located on city property.

The plan calls for moving the T-hangars and the building housing the air ambulance service to an undeveloped area in order to create space for a private company to expand into almost 100 acres of the airport grounds, said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim (pictured).

Council members are expected to vote on the proposed airport master plan in March or April.
South Texas College to begin $159M in renovation projects
South Texas College (STC) officials recently announced the beginning of the construction phase of $159 million in projects to expand and renovate five campuses in the Rio Grande Valley. The college is using proceeds from bonds approved in 2013 to pay for the upgrades.

The funding will be used on 26 construction projects, including new buildings and renovations of existing buildings. A majority of the work - six projects totaling about $90 million - will take place at the college's campus in McAllen. That will include a new academic building solely dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math courses along with renovations to the technology campus and expansion of the nursing and allied health campus, according to STC officials.

Another six projects, including a new health professions and science building and expanding the work force training center, are planned for the campus in Weslaco. In Rio Grande City, seven projects are moving forward, including a new library. 

Most of the work should be completed by the fall of 2017, STC officials said. About 90 percent of the work on the projects will be bid out to local subcontractors, according to the STC officials.
Mansfield rescinds agreement for $15 million indoor ice rink
Mansfield City Council members recently voted to rescind an agreement for a 30-year-lease with Dallas Stars Enterprises to operate a $15 million ice rink facility near US 287 that is scheduled to be built by the city and open by July 2017.

The agreement had called for the Mansfield school district to contribute $500,000 toward construction of an 82,000-square-foot dual ice rink facility. The district also would pay an additional $1.3 million in exchange for the use of the facility over five years for field trips and as a part of the curriculum.

School district trustees, however, expressed concern with the project and cited constituent opposition to providing school funding for a city-owned facility.
New Caney ISD sets timetable for projects, bids to be issued soon
New Caney Independent School District officials recently unveiled a timetable for several large construction projects approved in a 2015 bond election.

Construction drawings for an aquatic center are 70 percent complete and should go out for bid in May, said Richard Gates, director of facility, planning and constructions. A project to remove asbestos from an elementary school to be demolished will be bid even sooner, Gates said.

Plans for upgrades at Porter High School are expected to be ready for bids in March. Work on upgrades at a middle school is planned to begin in November and should be completed in the summer of 2018, Gates said. District officials are seeking bids to build an elementary school, and trustees also have approved a contract to install new security cameras and card access systems at 17 district facilities, he added.
The Woodlands dissolves transportation committee
The Board of Directors for The Woodlands recently agreed to dissolve its Ad Hoc Transportation Committee. The action followed a suggestion by several board members that the entire board needed to be more involved in transportation issues.

The board formed the committee in late 2012 to help develop a transportation action plan. The committee has assisted the township in becoming eligible to apply directly for federal grant funding and managed the park and ride operations of the Brazos Transit district. The original intent always was to dissolve the committee once it completed its purpose, board members said.

Killeen to seek grant for new $5M radar facility at Fort Hood
Killeen City Council members recently agreed to apply for a Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance grant to help pay for renovations to an Army radar approach control facility estimated to cost about $5.35 million.

The grant would cover $3.47 million of the total costs. An agreement with Fort Hood officials calls for the U.S. Army Garrison to fund an additional $1 million, and the Killeen Economic Development Corporation will contribute $525,000 to the project, said City Manager Glenn Morrison (pictured). Any remaining funding will be provided from in-kind services by the Army garrison and the city, Morrison said.

The radar facility is used to control all aircraft within a 60-mile radius of the airfield to allow troop training and unmanned aerial system operations, he added.
McKinney rezones land to pave way for new football stadium
Trustees for McKinney Independent School District recently approved a request to rezone property in order to allow a press box and lighting for a proposed new football stadium.

Board members have scheduled a $220 million bond election for May and tentatively plan to build a new 12,000-seat stadium at an estimated cost of $50 million if voters approve the bond proposal. A bond committee, however, is still in the process of selecting final projects to be included on the ballot and will present those recommendations to board members March 1.
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Denton to seek public input on upgrades for municipal airport
Denton City Council members recently began seeking public input on a proposed $17.4 million project to improve operations at the Denton Enterprise Airport.

The proposed upgrades have been included in a capital improvement plan submitted to the Aviation Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), according to David Schaumburg (pictured), manager of airport operations. The city would be required to contribute $3.2 million to the airport improvements if TxDOT approves the grant application, he added.
Calendar of Events

March P3 Conference will bring together public, private sectors 
March 7-9, 2016
The annual Public-Private Conference and Expo, one of the largest gatherings of development professionals in the country, will be held March 7-9 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. The annual event attracts more than 1,000 development professionals and government leaders for an educational conference to discuss public-private partnerships (P3s). The three-day conference will feature discussions on the state of the P3 industry in the United States and will highlight the various types of P3s under way. Speakers will discuss the many elements of P3 structures currently in use and how to evaluate their merits and risks. More than 125 leading public agency officials and industry practitioners will share their firsthand experiences and observations regarding P3 projects throughout the country. Billed as one of the premier conferences for collaboration between public officials and private industry considering, developing and operating P3s, the conference will emphasize both the challenges and advantages of the P3 concept. More information is available here.

State agencies to host 4th annual HUB vendor expo in Austin
April 7, 2016
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Texas Historical Commission, State Office of Court Administration, Texas Education Agency, General Land Office and Texas Workforce Commission will host the 4th annual HUB vendor Fair April 7 at the J.J. Pickle Commons Learning Center in Austin. The event will provide information to strengthen HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) businesses, including marketing the business. There will be one-on-one meetings with state agencies, universities and prime vendors in construction and information technology. State agencies and universities will be exhibiting. Workshops will include "Teaming for Success," "TPASS DIR" and one specifically for veteran-owned businesses. The event and parking is free of charge. For more information please contact Fred Snell.

TxPPA's Summer Momentum Conference to be held in Kerrville
June 8-10, 2016
The Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA) will host its Summer Momentum Conference in Kerrville this June. Seminars and speakers from throughout the state will offer valuable information and lessons for public-sector procurement professionals. In addition, the TxPPA's annual vendor showcase will take place Thursday, June 9. It is a one-day-only opportunity to meet with public-sector buyers and managers, and an opportunity for vendors to showcase their products and services, make new contacts and develop new leads. The conference will be held at the YO Ranch Hotel and Conference Center in Kerrville. An agenda is available online and registration is open.

How long will Texas wait to fix its water problems?  
By Mary Scott Nabers, CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Parts of Texas are edging back toward drought conditions after a short three-month reprieve from five years of severe to extreme drought. In the Southwest, drought conditions have existed for 11 of the last 14 years.

Water resources are being depleted. The summer months, when water demand skyrockets, are almost upon us and resources will be strained even more. Population growth throughout the state continues to explode and additional water capacity is sorely needed.

Some funding is now available and a few smaller water projects have been launched, but funding is inadequate for large public projects that would fix the problems in many regions. Private-sector capital is abundant, but municipal leaders in Texas have been reluctant to enter into collaborations with private-sector partners. In other states, public officials have turned to public-private partnerships (P3s) for remedies. They have been eager to transfer risk, take advantage of leading-edge expertise and welcome private capital investments. Not so much in Texas.

Conflict of interest forms now required for vendors
The Texas Legislature last session passed House Bill 1295, which requires vendors winning state or local government contracts to submit a disclosure form to the Texas Ethics Commission at the time they enter into the contract. The disclosure of interested parties is designed to identify anyone affiliated with the vendor.

The law applies to contracts with a governmental entity "that either (1) requires an action or vote by the governing body of the entity or agency before the contract may be signed or (2) has a value of at least $1 million."

The requirement went into effect Jan. 1.

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (pictured) was one of the authors of the bill. "The idea was to provide more governmental transparency," Capriglione has said.

Vic Morgan named as president of UH-Victoria
The University of Houston (UH) System Board of Regents recently named Vic Morgan (pictured) the new president of the UH campus in Victoria. He had served as interim president for almost two years.

Morgan replaced Phil Castille, who left that post in 2014. He previously was president of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

TxDOT launches web campaign to publicize congestion-relief efforts
Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) this week announced the launch of a new website that will allow the public to track the transportation department's efforts to fight traffic congestion.

The website,, will present information about major road projects across the state. Many of those projects will be funded in part by the $1.3 billion the legislature made available to TxDOT explicitly to address issues of traffic congestion in the state's largest urban areas. 

Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg said the money will be directed to areas "where drivers are experiencing the most gridlock. We are committed to bringing these projects online expeditiously to make travel for Texans more efficient."

College Station approves engineering contract for street project
College Station City Council members recently approved a $194,485 contract with a firm to produce an engineering report on a proposed $5 million project to widen and upgrade Rock Prairie Road West.

Current plans are to upgrade the existing two-lane asphalt road into a four-lane paved roadway. The project also calls for the addition of curbs, gutters, underground storm sewers and sidewalks, as well as adjusting a railroad crossing and an intersection, city officials said.

Smith leaves Marshall to become superintendent of Duncanville ISD
Marc Smith recently won selection as the lone finalist for superintendent of Duncanville Independent School District. Smith (pictured) has served as superintendent for Marshall ISD since 2012. He previously was an assistant superintendent for Fort Bend ISD.

Smith has a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, a master's degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

Regional transportation groups taking public input
Two regional planning groups in Central Texas - the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) in San Antonio and Austin's Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) - are inviting feedback from the public regarding transportation planning.

The San Antonio group has created a website that will host an online public meeting to discuss its short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP will prioritize transportation projects with respect to federal funding over the next four fiscal years. The website will be open for public comment through March 3.

CAMPO officials are hosting open house meetings on their region's TIP, covering the same four-year period, 2017-2020. The open houses will take place throughout the region - from Lockhart and Bastrop to Cedar Park and Georgetown - and provide the community opportunities to learn about road, transit and bike and pedestrian projects. The meetings will be held between Feb. 29 and March 15.
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Houston taps Montalvo as interim police chief
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston recently named Martha Montalvo (pictured) the city's interim police chief.

A 35-year veteran of the Houston police department, Montalvo now serves as an executive assistant police chief. She will replace Police Chief Charles McClelland, who is retiring at the end of the month.

City officials are searching for a permanent police chief to lead the fifth-largest police agency in the U.S., with 5,200 officers and 1,200 civilian employees working with a budget of more than $825 million annually.

Navasota to seek state grant to buy body cameras for police
Navasota City Council members recently authorized the police chief to apply for a grant from the Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division to buy 14 body cameras and storage systems for the police department.

The cameras should be on the street in about five months if the grant request is approved, said Police Chief Justin Leeth.
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Jones to retire as superintendent of Chico ISD
Superintendent Mike Jones (pictured) of Chico Independent School District recently announced plans to retire after this school year. Jones joined the district in 2008, and his current contract, renewed in 2013, extends into 2019.

He plans to take paid leave beginning June 1, with his official retirement date coming Aug. 31.

Board members approved his retirement agreement and said they will begin soon on a search to find a new superintendent.

Robinson council parts ways with city manager
Robinson City Council members recently terminated the contract of City Manager Robert Cervenka, who joined the city in 2009. He will remain on staff until the end of the month.

Council members also discussed hiring a new city manager but took no action to begin the search.

Robert Jaklich retiring as superintendent for Victoria ISD
Superintendent Robert Jaklich (pictured) of Victoria Independent School District recently notified trustees that he will retire Aug. 31. He has served as superintendent since 2012.

Board members plan to discuss finding a replacement for Jaklich at their next scheduled meeting.

Lockney to vote on change to city manager form of government
A successful petition drive recently prompted Lockney City Council members to ask citizens to vote on changing to a city manager form of government from the current city secretary system. The election will be held May 7.

Poth ISD names Renken superintendent finalist
Trustees for Poth Independent School District recently selected Paula Renken (pictured), who has served as interim superintendent since December, as the lone finalist for superintendent.

Previously a superintendent for Bracket ISD, Renken also has been a field representative for the Region 20 Education Service Center.

Summerfield ISD selects Brian Nichols as lone superintendent finalist
Trustees for Summerfield Independent School District recently selected Brian Nichols as lone finalist for superintendent. Nichols currently is superintendent for Laneville ISD.

Groves approves lease to build new athletic park
Groves City Council members recently approved a lease with a private company for 32 acres of land to develop an athletic park to house a walking track, a playground, tennis courts, football fields and softball fields.

Current plans call for construction to begin on the athletic park in March using volunteers and donated equipment, said City Manager D.E. Sosa (pictured). The city will fund the installation of water and sewer lines and has paid $1 for the 10-year lease of the land, he added.

Council members also are considering expanding Hogaboom Road and creating a dedicated right turn lane to prevent traffic congestion near the new athletic fields, Sosa said. The football fields are planned to be open by the fall of 2017, but the other facilities should be completed earlier, he said.

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Ysleta ISD names Leeper as CFO, Tarango director of special projects
Ysleta Independent School District trustees recently named Lynly G. Leeper (pictured, top) as the district's new chief financial officer and Abigail Tarango (pictured, below) as director of special projects and strategic initiatives, a newly created position. Both begin their new duties Feb. 29.

Leeper most recently served as chief budget officer for the city of El Paso and previously had worked as an accountant and securities principal. She replaces Associate Superintendent of Finance Rolyne Kafka, who is retiring. A certified public accountant, Leeper has a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.

Tarango currently is an education agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from New Mexico State University.
A Report on State of Texas Compliance with Federal Requirements for the Student Financial Assistance Cluster for the Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 2015; Texas State Auditor

A Report on State of Texas Compliance with Federal Requirements for the Research and Development Cluster for the Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 2015; Texas State Auditor
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments:
  • Christopher Covo, Austin, Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee;
  • Lorie Jones, Magnolia, Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee;
  • Julian Alvarez, Harlingen, Texas Workforce Commission;
  • Stacy G. London, Houston, Presiding Officer of the Finance Commission of Texas;
  • Bob Borochoff, Houston, Finance Commission of Texas;
  • Molly Curl, Richardson, Finance Commission of Texas;
  • Phillip Holt, Bonham, Finance Commission of Texas;
  • Matt Moore, Amarillo, Finance Commission of Texas;
  • Sheila M. Vallés-Pankratz, Mission, Manufactured Housing Board;
  • Susan Melendez, El Paso, Presiding Officer of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority;
  • Linda Thomas, Longview, Presiding Officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority. 
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