Council appoints Liz Branigan to fill vacancy

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN

A number of recent resignations have left vacancies on two boards and the City Council on Monday, filled three of four openings.

After an hour-long discussion in executive session, the Council returned to nominate and unanimously appoint Liz Branigan to the unexpired term recently vacated by her son, Jon Branigan. The term runs through May 2019.

After his mother chose not to run for reelection, Jon Branigan was elected to the council in May 2017, running unopposed. He resigned in February after moving into a house outside the city limits. Liz Branigan was first elected to the council in 2013.

Mayor Connie Fuller said Branigan had indicated interest in returning to the council.

“We talked about likely candidates and of course she is experienced and served on the council for several years,” Fuller said. “We did talk about several people. When we have someone with some experience, we like to take advantage of that.”

The Council also approved a pair of nominations for other board vacancies, naming Brian Williams to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and Jamey Harrison to the Parks & Recreation Board.

Williams, a civil engineer, has worked on projects such as the HEB Center at Cedar Park and multiple subdivision projects in Central Texas. He is filling the position vacated when board chair Clyde Davis resigned. The board remains one member short due to Dave Widmer’s resignation.

At its meeting earlier Monday, the P&Z elected new officers, with Vice Chair Chris Pezold taking over as chair and Wes Griffin as vice chair.

Harrison is the new addition to the Parks Board. A former educator, Harrison has been a teacher, coach, principal and served as superintendent in Bridge City for four years. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the University Interscholastic League. Locally, he is a director of the Liberty Hill Youth League Board as Director of Umpires.

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