Grant will fund service officer
The City of Austin has won a $200,000 grant to pay for a full-time chief service officer for the next two years.
The officer will work with Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office to develop and carry out a plan to increase volunteerism in Austin, according to a statement from the mayor.
Austin is one of 10 cities to receive the grant, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The grant will pay the officer’s salary, benefits and related expenses such as travel. Leffingwell said he won’t support using taxpayer money for the position at the end of two years. City Manager Marc Ott will lead the effort to hire the officer, who is likely to begin work in September, the statement says.