Grant will fund ser­vice of­fi­cer

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

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.

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