Travis County Judge Samuel Biscoe appointed former Austin Mayor Bruce Todd to replace Sarah Eckhardt as Precinct 2 commissioner.

Eckhardt resigned May 1 after announcing her intention to run for county judge in 2014. Todd is scheduled to serve through Dec. 31, 2014.

Biscoe plans to retire and will not seek reelection in 2014.

Biscoe announced Todd’s appointment June 3 after a four-week application process. He said 32 people applied for the position, but only 17 were qualified.

Biscoe cited Todd’s prior experience as Precinct 2 commissioner from 1987 to 1991 and as mayor of Austin from 1991 to 1997 among his reasons for choosing him.

As commissioner, Todd championed public policy initiatives such as recruiting high-tech firms, implementing the Balcones Canyonland Conservation Plan and forming the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department, the judge said.

“I had a great working relationship with him and always found him to be disciplined, dedicated, hardworking, reasonable and intelligent,” he said.

As mayor, Todd helped relocate Mueller Airport to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and partnered with Seton Healthcare regarding University Medical Center Brackenridge among his accomplishments, the judge continued in his statement.

Todd requested a salary of $1 per year plus benefits.

Todd is president of Bruce Todd Public Affairs, which represents companies seeking business with local and state governments throughout the nation, according to the judge’s statement.

“[Todd] will not represent these companies as a lobbyist during the time he serves as Precinct 2 commissioner,” the judge stated. “However, he will continue to represent [Austin law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson LLP] but will not assist the firm in Travis County or Central Texas.”

Todd told Community Impact Newspaper that he looked forward to the opportunity to use his skills and prior experience to represent Precinct 2. He said he was interested in transportation issues and economic development.


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