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CAPCOG honors Seth Searcy with Regionalism Award

Thursday, December 12, 2013



Judith Searcy (left) accepts the 2013 Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award in behalf of her husband, longtime CAPCOG attorney Seth Searcy. 

University of Texas at Austin alumnus Seth Searcy III, a well-known authority on local government law who served as the Capital Area Council of Governments' legal counsel for more than 35 years, has been named the 2013 recipient of the agency's Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award.

The 10th annual award, announced at the CAPCOG General Assembly's annual meeting on Dec. 11, honors significant efforts in regional cooperation within the 10-county capital area. Searcy, who passed away this year, was recognized for his measured counsel and tireless advocacy to the collective benefit of the region's local jurisdictions.

Searcy built a robust career. He worked with the Texas Legislative Council and oversaw the massive revision of the state’s penal code. In 1979, he was among the founding members of the Save Barton Creek Association, which became Austin’s foremost environmental group.

The distinguished honoree is survived by his wife, Judith, and daughters Mary and Sarah.

CAPCOG's award is named after former Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenbeck, who served as the agency’s first chair in 1970. Griesenbeck, who  understood the need for collaboration across city and county lines, played a key role in creating the 24-member Texas Association of Regional Councils.

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