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Gomez says she’ll step down from Cap Metro board
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Austin Monitor
On Tuesday the
Gomez said after 11 years of serving on the board she is ready to step down and “share the fun” with her colleagues. Deece Eckstein, head of intergovernmental affairs for the county, told commissioners one possibility to consider for the Cap Metro spot would be a CAMPO appointment. Of CAMPO’s three appointees, he said, one must be either a
Under a new law, those three CAMPO appointments bring the total number of Cap Metro board members to eight. Although several members have served long tenures, observers expect most of those to be gone come January, when the new board convenes.
However, it is likely that Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez and Council Member Chris Riley will continue their service.
Nancy McDonald, representing the Chamber of Commerce’s Take on Traffic organization, told commissioners her group favors a citizen appointee for the county. “It throws a wider net in terms of the experience,” she said. McDonald also opined that the “spirit” of the law encourages financial experts and executive managers for the positions. In fact, the law requires that one appointee have at least 10 years’ experience as a financial or accounting professional and that a second have at least 10 years’ experience in an executive-level job.
Pct. 2 Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt motioned to approve a generic non-commissioner to the slot, but Judge Sam Biscoe said he’d prefer to think things over for a week.
Gomez explained the benefits of having a government background on the board: “It can be helpful to have an elected official who knows about open meetings and knows why
The county released a proposed timeline for the appointment but did not vote on any action. The proposed timeline would make applications due by November 25, with interviews proceeding through December.