Friday, July 15, 2016

Carl Smart OUT at #ATXCode!!!

"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."
Ecclesiastes 5:8

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.


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.
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.


  1. I and others have for years been bringing issues to Carl Smart but his arrigoance over took his common sense so we went to the city auditors office and the travis county DA's Office and the FBI, we are not done cut the head off of a cockroach it it still lives for a while, the upper management of Code knows dam well what was going on and had a duty to report things but kept silent. house cleaning has just started

    1. Bruce Todd would be a fantastic COA Manager!! If he would take the gig!


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