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Seeking public intoxication leader
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Up until now, Austin’s public intoxication has mostly been mob rule. On Monday, the city announced that it is officially on the hunt, however, for an executive director of the Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center. A press release about the search explained that they are looking for someone to “to tackle binge drinking and public intoxication on the streets of Austin” with expertise in substance abuse, recovery and the skills to be an executive director. The press release goes on: “The successful candidate will be responsible for launching the center, hiring staff, overseeing building renovations, improving public health and safety and relieving some of the financial burdens on the criminal justice and emergency medical systems.” The director will be the region’s first. A sobriety center has long been in the works and is now expected to open in 2018. “The job of executive director will be crucial to the center’s success and that’s why we’re taking this recruitment process so seriously,” a spokesperson for the Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center said. “While police and emergency medical services currently do a great job, we believe the new sober center will ease the pressure on public safety teams and provide problem public drinkers with specialist support more quickly and effectively.” The position will be open until filled. More information about the job, and the application process, can be found here.
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