Voted Best Qualified by the Austin Bar Association
- Reducing Truancy
Implemented a juvenile case management program, the first justice court in
Travis County to do so. I am the only program in Travis County to use a social work case management model that includes
follow up services to the students at school and home visits when necessary with parents. I have developed partnerships
with the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University to be a training internship site for graduating social
work students, both at the bachelor's and master's levels. Under the supervision of my case manager, JP3 has developed
a robust truancy reduction program that has delivered on my promise to make school attendance a priority. By increasing days
in school and decreasing unexcused absences, the Austin, Lake Travis, and Westlake Independent School Districts have received
tens of thousands of dollars in additional state funding, relieving the local taxpayers of this burden.
Replaced the 25 year old DOS case management systems
with Windows-based software that is "in the cloud." I lead a project that culminated in the selection
of a contractor in April 2012. My office was the pilot site. The five Justice of the Peace courts and Travis
County Central Collections converted five different programs (supporting case management and financial activities).
The $2 million project was completed on time and within budget in August 2013. Travis County is the first county in
Texas to purchase this system as "Software as a Service."
Initiated a legislative change to reduce transactions for accepting funds
in criminal cases. My legislation was endorsed by Travis and Tarrant Counties, the County Judges and Commissioners Association
of Texas, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, and the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association. The
bill was passed and signed by the Governor.
Bus service to the Precinct 3 offices began in August 2008. I worked
with city and state leaders to have a traffic signal installed that was a prerequisite for service.