Panelists will screen members for Citizens Redistricting Commission.
City Auditor Kenneth Mory today, March 4, drew the names of three Austin residents to serve on the City’s first Applicant Review Panel that will screen potential members for the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The City Auditor had determined that 13 applicants were qualified to serve out of 81 applications received for the Applicant Review Panel. According to the City Charter, to be eligible to be on the Applicant Review Panel members must live in Austin; be licensed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy; and have at least five years of auditing experience.
Those chosen to serve on the Applicant Review Panel are:
Michele DeFrance, Senior Auditor, Texas State Auditor’s Office.
Caroline Limaye, Auditor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Martha Parker, Audit Senior Manager, Myers and Stauffer LC.
In the case that any of the three selected can’t serve, the City Auditor drew three alternates from the remaining 11. Alternates include:
Jim Christianson, Auditor, Internal Revenue Service.
The Applicant Review Panel is tasked with selecting the 60 most qualified applicants of those wanting to serve on the Citizens Redistricting Commission which will draw the new 10 City Council districts.
The application period ended Feb. 22 for both the Applicant Review Panel and the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Approximately 600 applied to serve on the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
About the 10-ONE Redistricting Process
City of Austin voters approved Proposition 3, a City Charter amendment commonly referred to as “10-ONE,” in November 2012. The Charter amendment provides for the election of City Council Members from 10 geographic single-member districts with the Mayor elected from the City at-large beginning with the November 2014 election.
The amendment calls for the creation of a three-member Applicant Review Panel and a 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The City Auditor is tasked with initiating and widely publicizing an application process and taking all reasonable and necessary steps to get a diverse pool of applicants.