County Hosts Virtual Meet and Greet for County Executive Candidates


Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by Seth Smalley

Travis County is hosting a virtual meet tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to introduce the final three candidates for the new county health and human services executive position. Juan Duarte is currently Executive Director of the Bureau of Children and Youth of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; Lawrence Lyman works with county HHS as director of research and planning; and Pilar Sanchez is the Vice President of Housing and Community Development for the City of Austin Housing Authority.

Sherri Fleming, the current county director for HHS, will retire in February.

The three candidates will answer questions from a moderator, in addition to answering questions submitted by members of the community.

“Our next county executive for health and social services will help the Court of Commissioners provide solutions to some of the biggest and most complex issues facing our community, including improving access to health services. mental and behavioral health and safe and stable housing,” County Judge Andy Brown said. noted.

“That’s why, for the first time in Travis County history, this court has approved a transparent process with public engagement to ensure the voice of the community will be heard in the review by the court of this important role. I encourage our community to participate in this meeting and provide feedback as we prepare to select a new leader for the Travis County Department of Health and Human Services.

Send your questions in advance to [email protected] or submit them via the Travis County website before 3 p.m. today. Zoom meeting link is available here.

Editor’s Note: Andy Brown is a member of the board of directors of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation, the nonprofit parent association of the austin monitor.

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