Consultants Say Travis County Needs Leader

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A consulting firm hired by Travis County says the Central Texas community has a dysfunctional government that needs a leader.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the Travis County Commissioners Court manages about 930 employees and a nearly $175 million budget. Five commissioners oversee multiple departments. The consultants say the departments don't work with each other.

They recommend Travis County establish a position that would coordinate the county's departments.

Travis County is the only urban Texas county that doesn't have a county administrator. Consultants estimate the new position would save Travis County about $2 million in efficiencies in the first year.

The study shows inefficiencies and employee morale problems under Travis County's current system. Some positions remain open for months because of the county's difficult hiring process.

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