"If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them."
This happened several days ago, so it's not a Friday afternoon document dump, but good news nevertheless:
A memo announced Tuesday that Austin Code Director will be retiring next month and taking a new position as assistant county manager in Alachua County, Florida.Bottom Line: This is probably one of those times when turnover for the sake of turnover is helpful regardless of the new guy's identity; no matter what, we'll take it.
Smart led the department as the city grappled with rules and investigations of short term rental properties, among other issues. An audit of the Austin Code Department earlier this year found delays in investigating violations may be putting public safety at risk. City Council members expressed serious concerns after learning there were issues in 77 percent of the cases tested.
“There were several things that came as a surprise in this audit. And I think one of the things is that we’re not responding to complaints as quickly as we ought to,” said Carl Smart, in April.