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New appointments may help commissions

Monday, June 12, 2023 by Jo Clifton

Members of both the Board of Adjustment and the Ethics Review Commission complained recently that their work has been made more difficult by insufficient membership. City Council members are required to fill specific positions. At the Ethics Review Commission, Chair Luis Soberon said the group was having trouble doing its work and pointed out vacancies to be filled by Mayor Kirk Watson and Mayor Pro Tem Paige Ellis. On Thursday, Ellis nominated William “Ross” Pumfrey to that commission. Watson nominated two members to the Board of Adjustment. Marcel Gutierrez-Garza will join as a regular member, and Suzanne Valentine will serve as an alternate. There were seven other appointments made on Thursday, including Bobby Levinski to the Austin Integrated Water Resource Planning Community Task Force and Peter Einhorn to the Environmental Commission. Council Member Alison Alter nominated Levinski and Council Member Vanessa Fuentes nominated Einhorn. A complete list of the most recent appointments may be found here.

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