On December 6, 2017, I embarked on a year-long job interview with you – my potential employer – you and tens of thousands of voters who are considering hiring me as their next Williamson County Judge.
Now that we are midway between the day I submitted my job application and the day when you will make the decision to hire me, I’d like to give you a glimpse of just some of what I have been learning about the job and about the amazing people working in our county government.
- I’ve talked with mental health officials for the county as well as private and non-profit organizations about the need for more mental health resources for our communities.
- I rode out with a Mobile Outreach Team (MOT), responding to calls for folks experiencing a mental health crisis.
- I rode out with a Lieutenant in the Sheriff’s office, and experienced first hand a day in the life of our law enforcement professionals.
- I participated in the Parks Department’s public forum for feedback on their master plan.
- I’ve received an education from both county and private engineers on infrastructure: Not just roads and bridges, but also the potential for clean energy solutions, and the importance of water in our future planning.
- I had the privilege of meeting with the director of Emergency Services on the day before his retirement, after 36 years of service to our county.
- I’ve met our dedicated officials and toured the facilities at Juvenile Services.
- I’ve learned about the incredible work being done by our folks at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
- I’ve talked with our county elections administrator about the need for the best technology and processes to ensure our elections are secure, fair, and accessible.
- I toured the county landfill, and was pleasantly surprised to learn how it is designed to protect our water table and our air quality.
- I’ve met with amazing professionals at the Williamson County & Cities Health District. They perform critical services that affect all of us, from restaurant inspections, immunizations and WIC, to healthcare for the poorest of the poor.
- I just finished reading the 183 page CAFR: the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2017 fiscal year. Back in December, I read the county’s 300 page budget document for the 2018 fiscal year, and in the past several weeks I have attended workshops and sessions for the 2019 budget.
- And last month, in downtown Round Rock, I attended Coffee with the Mayor and met with community members and leaders eager to engage with one another.
Williamson County is a great place to live.