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Local attorney joins Sobering Center board
The Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3-0 on Tuesday to appoint local attorney Lynn Sherman to the nine-member board of directors of the Sobering Center, the downtown facility jointly set up by the city and the county to keep intoxicated people from driving or harming themselves. Sherman will fill a term set to expire Sept. 30, 2021, which came open when Bill Brice, vice president of investor relations for the Downtown Austin Alliance, stepped down from his seat late last year. The commissioners considered two other candidates for the seat, and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said she hopes to keep those candidates connected to the Sobering Center because there are two more seats expected to be vacated in the coming months. Eckhardt said she hopes to have discussions with the organization and relevant city leaders in the coming months to figure out a “succession plan” to keep qualified candidates at the ready for when board seats open up.
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