Todd Appointed Pct. 2 Commissioner
Judge Sam Biscoe appoints former mayor, registered lobbyist
By Michael King, 2:31PM, Mon. Jun. 3
On Monday afternoon, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe announced his appointment of former Austin mayor Bruce Todd to serve out the unexpired term of Pct. 2 Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt, who resigned to run to replace Biscoe, who is retiring.
Todd will be a controversial choice to succeed Eckhardt, even on an interim basis (the appointee will hold office until Jan. 2015). He is best known as a business-oriented public official, who now works as a registered lobbyist for local developers and other commercial interests. He has represented the Shady Hollow Homeowners Association, strong advocates of the completion of SH45SW, strongly opposed by area environmentalists and by Eckhardt. In a letter to the Chronicle, Save Our Springs Alliance executive director Bill Bunch wrote: "The top qualification should be a candidate who will continue Commissioner Eckhardt’s policies, thereby representing the voters of her precinct. Bruce Todd is not that person."
NewsDesk will have more on the Todd appointment as more information becomes available.