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Central Health chair not reappointed
Travis County Commissioners decided Thursday not to reappoint Brenda Coleman-Beattie to the Central Health Board of Managers. Her term ends Dec. 31. After consulting with attorneys in closed session, the commissioners emerged and requested that county staff make preparations to begin accepting nominations for two positions on the board; treasurer Rebecca Lightsey has announced that she is retiring from the board at the end of the year. Coleman-Beattie developed a conflict of interest in May when she took a job with Integral Care, an agency that does business with Central Health. Board records show she routinely abstained whenever the board voted on matters dealing with Integral Care. County Judge Sam Biscoe said commissioners felt it was time to make a change. “She did a great job as chair of the Central Health Board,” Biscoe said. “We’re not disputing that. We just felt that under the circumstances, it was time to move forward.” County staff will receive nominations and present a short list of candidates to commissioners sometime before the end of the year.
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