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Commissioners pick Rio to head PBO

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County Commissioners have named the new head of the Planning and Budget Office. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt confirmed on Tuesday that the court is giving the gig to current Budget Director Jessica Rio. Rio has served as interim county executive in charge of the PBO since March. She replaced Leroy Nellis, who himself was the temporary replacement for Leslie Browder. Browder left the county last year to serve as chief financial officer at Capital Metro. Rio has a Master of Accountancy from Texas State University and has worked for the county since 1997. In an email to the Austin Monitor, Rio said: “The Planning and Budget Office assists the Commissioners Court in managing County resources in order to meet the changing needs of the community in an effective manner. We ensure funding priorities are met and that the Court’s long term vision is furthered through our work. These efforts continue and I look forward to serving the Commissioners Court and the people of Travis County in this new capacity.”

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