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Board Meeting December 11, 2019

Board Meeting December 11, 2019

by | Dec 5, 2019 | Board and Other Meetings


December 11, 2019 5:30 P.M.

Sobering Center Board Room

1213 Sabine Street, Austin, TX 78701


Chair:           Jana Ortega                                            Vice-Chair:     Craig Moore

Secretary:     Vacancy                                                Treasurer:        Douglas Smith

Director:       Stephen Strakowski
Director:       Christopher Ziebell
Director:       Nancy Hohengarten, Past-Chair
Director:       Andy Brown
Director:       Council Member Kathie Tovo
Director:       Commissioner Margaret Gomez
Director:       Vacancy

Ex-Officio:   Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (designee: Roger Jefferies)
Ex-Officio:   Austin City Manager, Spencer Cronk (designee: Asst. City Manager Rey Arellano)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley (designee: Asst. Chief Joseph Chacon)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Chief of EMS Ernesto Rodriguez (designee: Asst. Chief Jasper Brown)
Ex-Officio:   Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden


The Sobering Center serving Austin Travis County also known as the Sobriety Center, created and organized by the City of Austin and Travis County as a local government corporation pursuant to Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 431, will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in the Sobering Center Board Room, 1213 Sabine Street, Austin, Texas.


  1. Call to order.
  2. General Citizen/Public Communication.

Citizens wishing to speak on agenda items will need to sign up before the meeting is called to order. Citizen communication on agenda related action items will be allowed after an item’s presentation has been made. Each speaker will be given a designated amount of time to speak set by the board chair. Non-agenda related citizen communication will take place before discussion of the first agenda item.

  1. Approval of minutes for October 9, 2019 and November 13, 2019 board meeting.
  2. Presentation and approval of Treasurer’s Report.
  3. Discussion and possible action: Interim ED salary
  4. Update on Executive Director search.
  5. Discussion and possible action: hiring of professional search firm.
  6. Election of Board Secretary position.
  7. Interim ED update.
  8. Board Chair update.
  9. Committee Updates
    1. Strategic Planning Committee: Stakeholder groups have been scheduled
    2. Executive Committee:
    3. Governance Committee:
    4. Finance Committee: Update – met on December 3, 2019
    5. Fundraising Committee:
    6. Community Engagement Committee: Update – met on December 2, 2019


Board Meeting:  Next meeting is January 8, 2020 at Sobering Center.


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance, please call 512-974-3256 or 512-974-2445 TDD. A person may request a Spanish language interpreter be made available by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 512-974-2194 no later than twelve hours before the scheduled time of the item on which the person wishes to speak.