Mayor Appoints Council Committees

10-1 Council members begin to take their places

Did you win the Council committee lottery?
Did you win the Council committee lottery?

On Monday, Mayor Steve Adler announced his City Council committee appointments, which are subject to Council approval this Thursday (Feb. 12). Check here to see if your guesses were confirmed.

Since a few Council members are already issuing press releases announcing their appointments to “important” or even “critical” committees – just like Texas House members anointed by Speaker Joe Straus – it’s unlikely that the appointments will engender much pushback on the dais. (As far as Newsdesk can recall, this is the first time that Council committee appointments generated any press releases at all, but it’s a new 10-1 day.) With the exception of Austin Energy oversight – a committee of the whole with Council Member Sheri Gallo (D10) as chair, Leslie Pool (D7) as vice chair – committees will have four members, and each CM will serve as a chair and a vice chair.

There are also mayoral appointments to a couple of dozen intergovernmental committees, listed below the internal Council assignments.

The full list follows:

Audit & Finance

Kathie Tovo Chair, Ellen Troxclair Vice Chair, Sabino Renteria, Leslie Pool

Austin Energy

Sheri Gallo Chair, Leslie Pool Vice Chair, Steve Adler, Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Ora Houston, Ann Kitchen, Sabino Renteria, Kathie Tovo, Ellen Troxclair, Don Zimmerman

Economic Opportunity, Technology, Innovation & Creative Industries

Ellen Troxclair Chair, Ora Houston Vice Chair, Greg Casar, Leslie Pool

Health and Human Services

Ora Houston Chair, Kathie Tovo Vice Chair, Delia Garza, Ellen Troxclair

Housing & Community Development

Sabino Renteria Chair, Ann Kitchen Vice Chair, Greg Casar, Sheri Gallo


Ann Kitchen Chair, Sheri Gallo Vice Chair, Delia Garza, Don Zimmerman

Planning and Neighborhoods

Greg Casar Chair, Sabino Renteria Vice Chair, Sheri Gallo, Kathie Tovo

Public Safety

Don Zimmerman Chair, Greg Casar Vice Chair, Ora Houston, Leslie Pool

Public Utilities

Delia Garza Chair, Don Zimmerman Vice Chair, Ann Kitchen, Ellen Troxclair

Open Space, Environment & Sustainability

Leslie Pool Chair, Delia Garza Vice Chair, Kathie Tovo, Don Zimmerman

Austin City Council Intergovernmental Committees

Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Committee Planning Organization Coordinating Committee (Pool);
Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board (Garza, Kitchen, Gallo);
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board (Garza);
Austin Fire Fighters Relief and Retirement Fund (Adler);
Community Advancement Network Board of Directors (Houston, Renteria);
Capital Area Council of Governments Clean Air Coalition Subcommittee (Zimmerman);
Capital Area Council of Governments Executive Committee (Troxclair);
Capital Area Council of Governments General Assembly (Renteria);
City of Austin Employees' Retirement System (Pool);
City of Austin/AISD Board of Trustees/Travis County Commissioners Court Joint Committee (Houston, Tovo, Troxclair);
Clean Air Force of Central Texas Board of Directors (Zimmerman);
Lone Star Rail District (Renteria);
National League of Cities (Casar);
Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition (Zimmerman);
Texas Municipal League Board of Directors (Adler);
U.S. Conference of Mayors (Adler);
Downtown Austin Alliance (Adler, Tovo);
Pecan Street Project (Gallo);
Hate Crimes Task Force (Houston, Pool, Casar);
Regional Affordability Committee (Garza, Kitchen, Troxclair);
Psychiatric Services Stakeholder Committee (Kitchen);
Austin-Travis County Sobriety Working Group (Tovo)

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