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Sobering Center June 9, 2021 Board Meeting

Sobering Center June 9, 2021 Board Meeting

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Announcements, Board and Other Meetings, News



June 9, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Sobering Center

1213 Sabine Street, Austin, TX 78701


Chair: Jana Ortega
Vice-Chair: Dr. Christopher Ziebell
Secretary: Council Member Kathie Tovo
Treasurer: Liz Boston
Past Chair: Vacant
Director: Doug Smith
Director: Vacant
Director: Paulette Blanc
Director: Rick Ybarra
Director: Jessica Palvino
Director: Commissioner Margaret Gomez
Director: Lynn Sherman
Ex-Officio: Travis County Judge Andy Brown (designee: Roger Jefferies)
Ex-Officio: Austin City Manager, Spencer Cronk (designee: Asst. City Manager Rey Arellano)
Ex-Officio: Austin Interim Chief of Police Joseph Chacon
Ex-Officio: Austin Chief of EMS Ernesto Rodriguez (designee: Asst. Chief Jasper Brown)
Ex-Officio: Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden
Ex-Officio: Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez


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, June 9, 2021 by Zoom telephonic and videoconference. To join the meeting:

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Meeting ID: 878 9209 7340

Passcode: 360257  


Call to order

General Citizen/Public Communication

Citizens intending to speak must sign up with the Sobering Center by 4:30 p.m. the day of scheduled meeting. Registration can be completed by emailing  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 April 14, 2021 board meeting
  2. Staff Spotlight
  • Leigh Garcia (Sobering Support Specialist)
  1. Presentation and approval of Treasurer’s Report
  2. Introduction of new board members
  3. Discussion and possible action on fiscal policy and procedure update
  4. Review of Executive Director evaluation process
  5. Discussion of Board of Directors meetings returning to in person
  6. Discussion of board member recruitment suggestions
  7. Board give or get policy
  8. Update on committee assignments
  9. Executive Director Report
  • Community Engagement
  • Brand Awareness and Marketing
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Safe Sobering Services
  1. Committee Update:
    • Executive Committee/Board Chair update:
    • Governance Committee: (Chair – Jessica Palvino)
    • Finance Committee: (Chair – Liz Boston)
    • Development Committee: (Chair – Secretary CM Tovo)


Board Meeting:  Next regular meeting is August 11, 2021 by Zoom video conference.


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.