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CAPCOG’s New Executive Committee Members For 2019

The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Executive Committee met Jan. 9 for its first 2019 meeting with nine new members taking seats on the board after being elected by the agency’s General Assembly.

Joining the committee are Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden, Fayette County Judge Joe Weber, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham, Williamson County Commissioner Russ Boles, Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker, Buda Mayor George Haehn, and Texas Representative Terry Wilson, who serves as a non-voting member.

Twenty-five county and municipal elected officials make up the CAPCOG Executive Committee which also serves as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District Board of Managers.

The governing body conducts business for the COG regarding budgets, contracts, and general policies and procedures for operating the agency. It convenes at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

The committee will elect its officers at this January meeting. The CAECD Board meets at least quarterly starting in January immediately following the Executive Committee.

The 29-member Executive Committee, CAPCOG’s governing body, largely comprises city and county elected officials nominated and selected annually to provide direction to CAPCOG staff on program implementation, budgets, contracts and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. The committee has up to four nonvoting seats for state legislators representing Texas Planning Region 12, the CAPCOG 10-county region.

CAPCOG assists its region with emergency communications to economic development. According to their website, “some things just make sense for collaboration at the regional level, and the Capital Area Council of Governments helps make that happen every day.”

Formed in 1970 and one of 24 councils of governments in Texas, CAPCOG for more than 45 years has served as an advocate, planner, and coordinator on important regional issues in the 10-county Austin metropolitan area.

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