Volume 17, Issue 13- Friday, March 29, 2019Optional Link
CTRMA to begin procurement process for $504M project  
Construction is scheduled to begin around the end of 2020 on a $504 million project that will add two toll lanes in each direction to U.S. 183. These toll lanes will connect with Toll 183A in Cedar Park near Rural-to-Market Road 620 and MoPac. A fourth continuous non-tolled lane also will be added along with three frontage roads in each direction. 

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) is overseeing the project and plans to start the procurement process in April for a contractor to complete the design of the project and build it. Procurement will take about a year to complete and the new lanes are slated to open to traffic in early 2025. The new toll lanes will operate similar to the MoPac express lanes in that the price of the toll will increase or decrease as traffic and demand increases and decreases. Buses will operate on the lanes for free.  
Houston's public transit provider wants $7.5B boost for MetroNext plan
Houston's Metro transit provider has created an improvement plan called MetroNext and intends to begin educating voters about a potential $3.5 billion bond election to support it. The proposed bond election in November would fund projects that would relieve Houston's anticipated growth spurt, a 50 percent population increase over the next 20 years.  

The $3.5 billion bond, matching federal funds and $500 million in local funds will be part of the total $7.5 billion requested by Metro. Through its MetroNext plan, Metro would reduce congestion by way of bus rapid transit, automated transit, bus platooning, expansion of transit systems and measures to reduce road congestion during peak hours. Bus platooning functions like a light rail connecting buses to each other electronically and having them ride in a dedicated lane while moving at the same speed as a light rail.
Odessa is mulling over $145M to upgrade resources for water
Odessa City Council members have agreed to release a request for proposals beginning this weekend for a new reverse osmosis facility and updates to the city's water treatment plant. Engineering designs were approved in October for improvements that total $65 million for the water plant. The reverse osmosis facility will bring the full total of the projects to $145 million. 

Odessa has a high concentration of limestone in the ground and that mineral creates a hardness in the water as it passes over it and other minerals in the ground. Around 80 percent of the water that goes through the reverse osmosis process will be filtered out as drinking water. The remaining 20 percent that does not filter at an adequate level will potentially be sold to the petroleum industry for fracking. Both projects are still in the preliminary phases of engineering and are expected to be completed this summer. City Council will then decide whether to approve funding for only improvements to the treatment plant or to also approve funding for the reverse osmosis facility. If approved, the design and construction of the reverse osmosis facility could take up to five years.
Four appointed and chair named to the Board of the Texas DMV
Stacey Gillman, Tammy McRae and Charles Bacarisse have been appointed to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2025. Also appointed was Shelley Washburn to a term set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021. Guillermo "Memo" Trevino was appointed chair of the board. These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation. 

Gillman of Houston is president of a company that oversees vehicle dealerships and franchises. She is past chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and the Houston Automobile Dealers Association. 

McRae of Conroe is the tax assessor-collector for Montgomery County. She is vice president of the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas, member of Texas Association of Assessing Officers, Texas School Assessors Association, Texas Association of Appraisal Districts and Government Finance Officers Association. 

Washburn of Houston is president of an automotive marketing company. She is on the Executive Board of Child Advocates, Inc., and a member or the United Way Women's Initiative and the American Marketing Association. 

Bacarisse of Houston if vice president of major gifts at a private university in Houston. He is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Houston Chapter and board member of the Department of Information Resources. Bacarisse served for 13 years as the district clerk of Harris County. 

Trevino of Laredo is president of a beverage distribution company. He currently serves on the board of directors of a banking company, the board of trustees of Rice University and the Holdsworth Center. He previously served as a director of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve.
New Braunfels to hold $120M bond election in May
The city of New Braunfels plans to hold a bond election in May to ask voters to approve $120 million. Bond funding totaling $44.51 million will go toward streets projects, with an additional $8 million contributed for projects from roadway impact fees. The parks bond proposition, totaling $25.78 million, will help pay for construction of the first phase of a planned sports field complex at Farm-to-Market Road 1044 and Klein Road. 

Three public safety facilities are needed totaling $50 million. If the bond passes, fire stations Nos. 2 and 3 would be replaced, and a new police department would be constructed near the new Comal County Jail on Water Lane. Also included in the bond is a request for $5.53 million to add a new library branch to the Westside Community Center once it has been expanded. Additional information on the bond is available here.  
Senate/House bills propose the sale of state building
William P. Hobby Building
The William P. Hobby Building, located at 333 Guadalupe St., sits on 1.75 acres of land that many developers consider to be prime property. The 35-year-old building is of less interest to acquire due to its need for $50 million in repairs. State lawmakers and the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), which oversees state-owned buildings, would like to sale the land. Sen. Kirk Watson and state Rep. Gina Hinojosa have filled bills, Senate Bill 1349 and House Bill 3653, proposing the land be auctioned off only after first providing the opportunity for government entities to have a chance to obtain the property. The TFC must get the Legislature's approval to put a property up for sale if state lawmakers are in session at the time. 

Replacing the Hobby building could run around $152 million, according to estimates provided by the TFC. The value of the lot and potential bidding on the property would take that dollar amount even higher. If the companion bills make it through to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, assessments of the property would have to be conducted, accommodations for employees of around 20 state agencies who work in the complex would have to be arranged and an auction or negotiations for a sale would have to take place.    
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Spencer Cronk, City Manager, City of Austin
Spencer Cronk

Career Highlights and Education: I came to government from the non-profit sector when I took a position as the executive director of organizational development and senior advisor for the Department of Small Business Services for the city of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A few notable accomplishments from my time in NYC are the design and implementation of a comprehensive performance-management system and the development of a program for integrating new employees, which was used citywide as a best practice template for the city of New York's 300,000 employees. I then returned to my home state of Minnesota when I was appointed as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration by then Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Under Dayton I was responsible for more than $2 billion in state purchasing and the historic renovation of the Minnesota State Capitol. In 2014, I became the Minneapolis city coordinator - a position similar to the one I now hold - before ultimately landing in Austin as the city Manager in Feb. 2018. 

I have a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I'm a graduate of Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as well as a Public Affairs Fellow with the Coro New York Leadership Center.  

What I like best about my public service is: It might sound cliche but I really enjoy helping people and the community in a meaningful way. Eight of my family members, including my mother, have worked as teachers so I was brought up in an environment of public service with an understanding that you can really make a positive impact on the world around you.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: To Listen. As I was coming on board it became obvious pretty quickly that the residents here were very engaged with an incredible civic IQ, and I could expect to hear from many of them directly. That being said, I wanted to seek out the voices that we might not be hearing from as often and doing what I could to bring more voices into the conversation to help more fully inform how we operate. I'm thinking about who we aren't hearing from and how can I get their feedback.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: Be flexible. In a big, fast moving city like Austin things can change pretty quickly regardless of how well you've planned or prepared. You have to have the flexibility to shift appropriately. Flexibility is also key in solving the big problems large cities face - traffic, homelessness, affordability, etc. - so being agile and comfortable working across disciplines and functions is imperative if you're going to be working in the City Manager's Office.

If I had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: Either spending time with my husband or out running. Austin has a pretty incredible network of urban trails and lots of green space. The city really strives to make our parks as accessible as possible so I can't even use a busy schedule as an excuse because you're never very far from a chance to get in a little exercise or fresh air.

People would be surprised to know that I: My brother and father are both taller than me. At 6'6" I'm often one of the tallest people in the room but everyone is surprised to learn that I'm actually the shortest man in my family.

One thing I wish more people knew about the city of Austin: Well, as one of the fastest growing areas of the country over the last decade I think a lot of our secrets are out. Obviously, we're known for live music, quality of life, and more recently the growth of our tech sector but if there is one thing I don't think gets enough attention it is our food scene. Austin is so much more than breakfast tacos and BBQ - both of which are awesome by the way. From food trucks to gourmet restaurants, we really have something for everyone.
Texas A&M moving forward with Academic and Administration Building project
Texas A&M-San Antonio has hired a construction manager to assist with its Academic and Administration Building project. A request for proposals will be released April 3 to subcontractors and suppliers. The project entails construction of a 58,000-square-foot, mission-style brick and stone facade building. In addition to providing office space for administration staff, the building will have classrooms, art studios, a work shop and study spaces. Price proposals for all bids will be due by April 24. 

In January 2018 Texas A&M released a request for qualifications for an architect/engineer. The scope of project stated that the building should have 19 classrooms, an art suite, language lab suite and incubator classroom with support space for each academic function, 20 faculty offices with support spaces, a small lobby and general storage. The building was to be located just south of the existing Central Academic Building on the northeast corner of the future "quad." The planned amount for the project was $25 million, with the amount available for construction set at more than $18 million.
Some Texans wants to end its "donor" status to the Highway Trust Fund
A letter spearheaded by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is urging fellow congressional lawmakers to address a longstanding inequity in the share of federal transportation funding Texans receive compared to what the state contributes in federal fuel taxes, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The letter comes as Congress continues discussions on new infrastructure funding legislation. The letter has received support from the 38 members of the Texas congressional delegation to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

Currently, Texas directly contributes more than any other state and receives proportionately less than any other state based on outdated funding formula inputs that have been frozen since 2009. While Texas received 95 cents, Alaska received $6.78, New York received $1.33 and California received $1.16 for every dollar directly paid into the Highway Trust Fund. Texas is now the only "donor" state to the fund, a status it has held for several years. Texas also is the only state that effectively receives none of the multi-billion-dollar general fund transfer provided to the Highway Trust Fund in fiscal year 2019. The delegation's letter notes that these factors amounted to a loss of up to $940 million in taxes paid by Texas motorists and taxpayers. For more information on Texas' federal rate of return and to view a copy of the Texas congressional delegation letter, visit here.
Texas Parks and Wildlife approves $16M in park grants
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved more than $16 million in competitive local park grants to help fund projects that will create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities like nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and sports fields at 38 community parks across the state. The commission, which administers the local park grants program for the state of Texas, awarded projects in various categories based on community population size and scope. 

The city of Austin is the recipient of a $1 million urban indoor grant for its Barton Springs Bathhouse project and the city of Fort Worth will receive a $1 million grant for its Diamond Hill Community Center project. Cedar Park will receive a $500,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Lakeline Park project and the city of South Padre Island is the recipient of a $500,000 grant for its South Padre Island City Park project. The city of Houston will receive a $1 million urban outdoor grant for its Edgewood Park project and the city of San Antonio will receive a $1 million grant for its Pearsall Park project. View all grant recipients here.

Autonomous vehicles leaving Frisco, becoming permanent fixture in Arlington
A pilot project in Frisco that started in July comes to an end this week. The first self-driving vehicle service on public roads in Texas had a successful run. The company that provided the autonomous vehicles also paid for the pilot program. The city reported that close to 5,000 riders used the service and there were no safety issues. Now that the pilot test has come to an end, keeping the program going comes at a steep cost and the city will be unable to foot the bill. 

Last year, the autonomous vehicle company that tested the roads in Frisco also signed a one-year contract with the city of Arlington. Free rides are being provided to the general public near the AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. An app or an on-street kiosk is available to request a ride Monday through Friday. The company has considered expanding service to the weekends. On April 1, Arlington will go from three to seven autonomous vans that will offer a service that generates revenue.  
FEMA mistakenly released personal data of disaster victims
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week announced it has taken "aggressive" correction measures after mistakenly releasing detailed personal data of some 2.3 million disaster victims to a contractor. A "management alert" dated March 15 from the Homeland Security Department's acting Inspector General John Kelly shows that FEMA in 2017 "did not ensure it shared with the contractor only the data elements the contractor requires to perform its official duties administering" the program that helps people displaced by disasters find shelter in hotels. 

Among the data released inappropriately, Kelly found, were applicants' addresses, financial institution names, electronic funds transfer numbers and bank transit numbers. The data release violated the 1974 Privacy Act and FEMA's own internal guidelines, putting at risk victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the California wildfires who applied for federal aid. Kelly recommended that FEMA implement new controls on data, and that the assistant administrator for the Recovery Directorate assess the damage and destroy the sensitive information. According to FEMA, remedies are already in progress and will be complete by June 2020.   
Top five winners of 2019 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge to be announced in April
Of the more than 100 jurisdictions from the United States, Canada and Mexico that submitted proposals to the 2019 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, ten of those proposals have made it to the list of finalists. That list will be narrowed down to five winners and announced at the Smart Cities Week conference to be held in San Diego in April. Those cities will become part of the year-long Readiness Program to scale up smart city visions into reality. 

The 10 finalists include San Diego; Baltimore; Dallas; Edmonton, Alberta; Jersey City, N.J.; Montgomery, Ala.; Palm Coast, Fla.; Racine, Wis.; the North Florida Smart Region Coalition, a collaboration spread across four counties; and the U.S./Mexico Smart Towns Consortium, which includes cities in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua. 

Sixty percent of applicants specified digital services as a priority area and more than two-thirds of them either have projects that are approved or underway. Public safety and mobility remain top focus areas. Economic development is also becoming more common as a priority area.
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Calendar of Events
April 3-5 / Austin, Texas
The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), PACENation (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is offering 25 scholarships for local county, city and special district Texas government participants to attend the 2019 PACENation Summit. The Summit is scheduled for April 3-5, 2019 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Join PACE experts, local governments, entrepreneurs and other PACE leaders to network, learn and share experiences. 

The 2019 PACENation Summit is the only national conference focused completely on PACE and this year PACENation is showcasing a Texas track including sessions on PACE as an Economic Development Tool, Rural PACE in Texas, Measuring the impact of PACE and more! For more information on the Summit or to apply for a scholarship, visit here or email sarah@pacenation.org. The scholarships are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
April 17 / Austin, Texas
The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and The UT System are hosting the annual Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Economic Opportunity Forum, "Open for Business Diversity." The forum will be held on April 17 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Lone Star Room at the Frank Erwin, 171 Red River St., Austin. 

HUB vendors are invited to meet and greet key purchasing personnel from some of the top spending departments at the university. This year's forum includes a "Co-Opportunities" panel from Buyboard, Premier, E&I Cooperative and The UT System Supply Chain Alliance. The panel will provide HUB vendors insider knowledge on group and cooperative purchasing organizations and contracting processes. Learn about essential steps to take for your company to get involved with these organizations and build essential business relationships. To register, visit here and look under "Upcoming Events." Please register by April 5 at 5 p.m.
June 12 & 13 / Georgetown, Texas
Plan to join the Texas K-12 Chief Technology Officers (CTO) Council in Georgetown for their Summer Clinic 2019! The event will be held at the Georgetown Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Ave. on June 12 and 13. This annual event is the premier professional training conference for technology education leaders in Texas, bringing together leaders from around the state and the region to discuss pressing issues in education technology. 

This year the clinic will focus on building a "trusted learning environment," which includes physical, network and data security. Register for the event here.
Lots of funding is flowing to public transit authorities. An American Public Transportation Association (APTA) report points out that there's approximately $232 billion in critical public transportation needs across the country, and if that $232 billion were spent over 10 years, the result would be a return of $928 billion over 20 years. That's because there's an estimated 4-to-1 return in economic activity on every dollar invested in public transportation projects in the United States. Hard to believe...but that's what the economists say. 

Some of the nation's larger transit authorities are making plans to spend billions of dollars over the next two to four decades. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)'s CEO Jeff Parker says that the transit authority will invest $100 billion in transit and tech over the next four decades. He notes that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will also commit $120 billion over the next 40 years. Government leaders in Washington, D.C., say an investment of $500 billion over 20 years by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is not unrealistic. 

But many much-needed expansions, upgrades and past-due maintenance projects in other parts of the U.S. are being delayed or set aside. Instead of building new facilities, buying equipment and vehicles and addressing safety concerns, numerous transportation authorities are leasing buses instead of buying them and outsourcing vehicle maintenance and other services to private-sector firms. Whichever route public transit authorities choose, there's a lot of funding and a lot of upcoming opportunities. 

There are hundreds of smaller projects as well as the large ones. When transit authorities decide to mitigate traffic congestion, provide better transportation options, create jobs, ensure safety and/or improve security, they open up private-sector opportunities. The smaller projects create contracting opportunities for private-sector firms of all sizes throughout multiple industry sectors. 

Federal funding often contributes a major portion of transit funding. And much of the funding for mass transit and transportation projects comes from the near insolvent Highway Trust Fund, where funding has been under attack for a long time. In the meantime, a number of contracting opportunities are available.   

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Bexar County requesting $323M to upgrade San Antonio State Hospital
Bexar County Commissioners Court this week reviewed renderings of a new $323 million facility at the San Antonio State Hospital. About 300 mentally patients suffering from mental disorders are treated at the facility and the new building would assist the same number. The new design will place patients in a more therapeutic environment so they can recover more quickly. Some of the patients include those who have been charged with crimes but were deemed unfit to stand trial. 

The San Antonio State Hospital was originally built in 1892. The buildings currently in use were built in the 1960s. If the Texas legislature approves the $323 million in funds requested for the project, construction could begin as early as 2020 and be complete by 2022.
LHRA to receive $28.4M grant for Northpark Drive project
The Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority (LHRA) has been approved to receive a grant at around $28.4 million in federal funds from the Houston-Galveston Area Council's (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council. This funding will assist with the $86.17 million Northpark Drive project that will expand the roadway from four to six lanes between Highway 59 and Woodland Hills Drive. 

The projects will be broken up into two phases with Phase 1 beginning in 2020 at a cost of around $38.8 million. An overpass will be created at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks while expanding the roadway between Hwy. 59 and Russell Palmer Road. 

The grant from H-GAC, becoming available in fiscal year 2023, will fund Phase 2 of the project. Plans include expanding a portion of Northpark Drive between Russell Palmer Road and Woodland Hills Drive, adding storm water detention areas, elevating the road above the 500-year flood plain, building a pedestrian bridge and reconstructing two bridges over the Kingwood Channel.
Criswell chosen as Mineral Wells city manager
Randy Criswell
Mineral Wells has named Randy Criswell the new city manager. Criswell, the current city manager for Canyon, will begin his new position May 6. 

Criswell has served as Canyon's city manager for over a decade and has worked for the city for 25 years, serving as the assistant city manager for four years after being the city's director of Public Works for almost a decade. Criswell is replacing Lance Howerton, who retired at the end of 2018 after 25 years of leading the city.


Cameron County preparing for construction phase of STEC
Cameron County officials plan to issue a request for proposals on the South Texas Eco-Tourism Center (STEC) once final design plans are approved by the Commissioners Court. The STEC is expected to be built on 10 acres within Laguna Vista's 23-acre site on the west side of Highway 100. City of Laguna Vista officials have already started reaching out for private development proposals for the remaining 13 acres. 

The STEC is expected to include multi-purpose rooms with interpretive exhibits, passive lighting and cooling systems, an amphitheater, pond and wetland enhancements. There also will be a boardwalk, observation deck, interactive exhibits, a play area and picnic facilities. County Commissioners hope to begin construction this summer.
Blum ISD calls for $6M bond election in May
The Blum Independent School District has called a bond election for May 4. Voters will be asked to consider a $6 million bond proposal that will allow the district to utilize a 45-acre land donation for a sports complex and school buildings. The land is located north of Blum near Highway 174. 

If voters approve the measure, the district will have its own softball and baseball fields, track and sand volleyball court for the first time. Also included will be a new football field, concession stand and field house.
GLO taking comments for changes to disaster recovery plan
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has posted Amendment 3 to the $5.676 billion State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey for a federally required 30-day public comment period. The amendment details how $652 million in additional funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Amendment 2, will be allocated for programs administered by the GLO, Harris County and the city of Houston. All comments should be submitted to cdr@recovery.texas.gov by April 20, to be considered. 

Some of the changes include intended uses for $89.3 million in additional direct allocation for Harris County programs and uses for $89.6 in additional direct allocation for the city of Houston. Another update is the re-allocation of $37.6 in remaining funds from the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering budget to the Multi-Family Affordable Rental Program, bringing the total for the program to $487.6 million.


Lamb selected as Henderson ISD superintendent
Thurston Lamb
Thurston Lamb Jr. has been named as the superintendent of the Henderson Independent School District. Lamb is slated to replace out-going Superintendent Keith Boles. 

Lamb has served as chief of schools in Duncanville ISD since 2016. Lamb has also been an elementary, middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, curriculum and instructional principal and a high school principal. The school board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Lamb on April 17.
Kieke named Quitman administrator
Rodney Kieke
Rodney Kieke has accepted an offer to become the city of Quitman's next city secretary/administrator. Kieke is expected to begin his new job on March 29. 

His most recent position was working in sales at recreational vehicle business in Mineola. He has experience in management, strategic planning and finance as president of a support services outsourcing industry. He has held various leadership positions throughout his career. Kieke replaces Andrew Kloefkorn who resigned in March after serving in this position since August 2018. 


GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments/reappointments from March 22 - March 28:

Susan Fletcher- Frisco, Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees
Kara Sands- Corpus Christi, Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees
Mary Louise Nicholson
- Fort Worth, Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees (reappointed)
Chad H. Foster Jr.-
Uvalde, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors 
Annelise Gonzalez
- San Antonio, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
Debra Young Hatch
- Corpus Christi, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
Marshall Davidson
- Ingleside, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
Howard "Tony" Wood
- Sandia, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
William "Bill" Schuchman
.- Jourdanton, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
W. Alston Beinhorn
- Catarina, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors (reappointed)
Karin Knolle
- Sandia, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors
John Galloway
- Beeville, Nueces River Authority Board of Directors (reappointed)
Bruce Mills- Spicewood, Peace Officers' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee (presiding officer)
Fred Knoll Jr.- Del Rio, Peace Officers' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee
Adrienne Pena-Garza- Pharr, Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee
Patricia M. Anthony- Garland, Commission on Jail Standards
Monica McBride- Alpine, Commission on Jail Standards
Bill Stoudt- Longview, Commission on Jail Standards (reappointed)
Janet Hoffman- Galveston, Texas Industrialized Building Code Council
Roland Brown- Midlothian, Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (reappointed)
Edward "Eddie" Martin- Austin, Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (reappointed)
Scott McDonald- Keller, Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (reappointed)
Stephen Shang- Austin, Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (reappointed) 
Lori Cobos- Austin, Public Counsel for Office of Public Utility Counsel
Kristofer Monson- Driftwood, Chief Administrative Law Judge


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Dozens of public-sector jobs are available. Click here to view all job openings and guidelines for job submissions to SPI. New jobs added this week: 
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  • City of Houston- Project Manager EDO/T
  • City of Dallas- Digital Content Specialist
  • Texas Military Department- Behavior Analyst I
  • Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company- Accountant V
  • Texas Department of Public Safety- Director of Regional Facilities
  • Texas General Land Office- Auditor IV-VI
  • Texas Legislative Council- Systems Administrator II
  • Office of the Texas Governor- Program Specialist II
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts- Division Security Coordinator
  • Texas Education Agency- Press Assistant
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs- Program Environmental Specialist V
  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles- Administrative Assistant III Inventory
  • Railroad Commission of Texas- Legal Assistant III
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