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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin Water official resigns under cloud

The program manager for Austin Water’s Public Information & Marketing Office resigned in late December after an investigation by the Office of the City Auditor concluded that he had accepted a gift or favor from a city contractor and wasted…

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Friday, December 9, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council upends manager search process

City Council on Thursday scrapped the staff-led process for hiring an executive search firm to help find a new city manager, sending the Human Resources and Purchasing Office team off to see if it might put together a new process…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council questions city manager hiring process

Apparently responding to criticism of the process for selecting a recruiting firm to find a new city manager, some members of City Council indicated that they want staff to move in a new direction during Tuesday’s work session. Choosing from…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Ethics complaint filed against wrong person

Northwest Austin neighborhood leader Linda Bailey thought she had discovered a major ethics violation by City Council Member Sheri Gallo’s appointee to the Zoning and Platting Commission and filed a complaint against Susan Chiles Harris on Monday morning. By the…

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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Critics: Council should aim higher in manager search

Although City Council has yet to see the names of executive search firms that might take on the task of helping it find a new city manager, two prominent critics are already saying the process is getting off on the…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Union protests some new HR rules

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has expressed concern about language in proposed amendments to the city’s policy regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation and employee conduct. The rules opposed by the union, which represents city employees, include language…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

City attorney presence could be scaled down at land-use commission meetings

The city’s land-use commissions may lose their on-call legal counsel, according to Mitzi Cotton, assistant division chief at the Law Department, who presented at the Nov. 29 joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Zoning and Platting Commission. After…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds misuse of city resources

Two employees of Austin Water are facing possible disciplinary actions after an investigation by the Office of the City Auditor found that they used city computers for work on their secondary employment. Reports from both investigations demonstrate how difficult it…

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Monday, November 21, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Auditors find waste, cover-up at Fleet Services

Employees of the city’s Fleet Services Department made mistakes in ordering a new pursuit vehicle for the Austin Police Department, receiving instead an SUV that neither APD nor any other department wanted. That error ending up costing the city approximately…

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