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Pitts earns Griesenbeck award

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lee County Commissioner Maurice Pitts accepts the Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award from Elgin Mayor and CAPCOG Executive Committee Chair Marc Holm.

The Capital Area Council of Governments presented the 14th Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award to Lee County Commissioner Maurice Pitts at its annual December meeting.

Pitts, who has more than 20 years of service as a Lee County Commissioner, began serving CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee in 1994. He was elected to CAPCOG’s Executive Committee in 1999 and in 2007 was elected chair of the governing body. Pitts also has served for several years on the Capital Area Economic Development District and was a founding member of the Capital Area Transportation Planning Organization, the state’s first rural planning organization created by CAPCOG in 1999. He still serves on all the committees today.

But it’s also the work beyond CAPCOG’s boundaries that distinguishes Pitt’s service toward regionalism. He represented CAPCOG on the board of the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) from 2003 to 2015. There he served on TARC’s legislative and transportation committees and was elected TARC President in 2014. Pitts also represents the interests of COGs statewide on solid waste issues; he is serving a six-year term on the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Committee that ends August 2017.

The award honors former Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenbeck, CAPCOG’s first chair and TARC’s first president.

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