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Monday, August 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit update shows progress on city HR complaints, with more work needed

The city’s Human Resources Department has made some progress on achieving the recommendations outlined in a 2017 report that found the city was taking too long to investigate complaints brought by city employees. The report, from Matrix Consulting Group, also…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds ongoing delays, data problems for Development Services Department

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s Development Services Department is still failing to meet on-time and customer satisfaction goals in its permitting process, even after making changes suggested in a 2015 report that found profound…

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Animal advocates call for redo of animal services officer hiring process

With a nearly $14 million budget and 15,843 animals coming through its doors last year, the Austin Animal Center has worked hard to achieve the title of the nation’s largest “no-kill” shelter.However, animal advocates are worried that the finalist candidates…

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving toward greater scrutiny, and possible rent hikes, on nonprofit leases

Nonprofit organizations operating on city properties will likely be expected to put a dollar value on the services they provide to the community, and could face higher rents after years of lease agreements at far below market rate.In May, the…

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Guernsey announces retirement

After 34 years with the city of Austin, Greg Guernsey, director of the Planning and Zoning Department, announced his retirement Tuesday. Guernsey’s last official day is July 31, but he’s planning to take vacation time, so his last day in…

Monday, July 8, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Brent Lloyd’s statement in response to allegations

Editor’s Note: On June 3, three members of the Board of Adjustment filed a complaint with the State Bar of Texas alleging that former City Attorney Brent Lloyd had violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by simultaneously representing…

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