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Travis County Bail Bond Board Meeting Minutes - December 6, 2023

Present:

Ms. Dolores Ortega-Carter, Chair (In Person)
Judge Ron Meyerson, 2nd Vice-Chair (Virtual)
Judge Carlos Barrera, (In Person)
Mr. Billy Engle, Bail Bond Representative (In Person)
Lt. Christina Dail, TCSO (Virtual)
Ms. Amanda Green, County Clerk’s Office (In Person)
Mr. Benjamin Blackburn, ACDLA (In person)

Also Present:

Ms. Melissa Hargis, County Attorney’s Office (In Person)
Ms. Angelica McDowell, Pretrial Services (In Person)
Ms. Annalynn Cox, County Attorney’s Office (Virtual)
Ms. Sara Casey, County Attorney’s Office (Virtual)
Ms. Laura Jimenez, District Clerk’s Office (Virtual)
Mr. Eric Dobbs, County Attorney’s Office (Virtual)
Mr. Daniel Brenza, ATX Bail Bonds 2 (Virtual)

Ms. Ortega-Carter called the meeting to order.

A. Consider the minutes of the November 1, 2023, meeting and take appropriate action.

Mr. Engle moved, Mr. Blackburn seconded, and the Board voted to approve the minutes.

B. Announce election results of the Justice of the Peace member of the Bail Bond Board and take appropriate action.

 The results of the election of the Justice of the Peace representative were announced. The Justices elected Judge Yvonne Williams, JP1, to serve as their representative.

C. Announce election results of the bail bond licensee member of Bail Bond Board and take appropriate action.

The Travis County Bail Bondsmen voted 7 to 1 to re-elect Mr. Billy Engle as their representative to the Travis County Bail Bond Board.

D. Conduct elections for Chair, Vice-Chair, and 2nd Vice-Chair, and take appropriate action.

After withdrawing his nomination for 2nd Vice-Chair Judge Meyerson nominated Mr. Blackburn.  Judge Meyerson motioned, Mr. Engle seconded, and the Board voted for the following slate of nominees:

Chair – Dolores Ortega-Carter, Travis County Treasurer’s Office
Vice-Chair –Billy Engle, Bail Bondsmen Representative
2nd Vice-Chair –Mr. Benjamin Blackburn

E. Conduct elections for Site Visit Subcommittee and take appropriate action.

Mr. Engle motioned, Mr. Blackburn seconded, and the Board voted to keep the current slate for the Site Visit Subcommittee as follows:

Ms. Dolores Ortega-Carter, Travis County Treasurer’s Office
Ms. Velva Price, District Clerk’s Office
Mr. Billy Engle, Bail Bondsmen Representative

F. Conduct elections for the Complaints Subcommittee and take appropriate action.

Mr. Engle motioned, Mr. Blackburn seconded, and the Board voted to keep the current slate for the Complaints Subcommittee as follows:

Mr. Rickey Jones, District Attorney’s Office
Mr. Billy Engle, Bail Bondsmen Representative
Mr. Benjamin Blackburn, ACDLA 

G. Public Comment.

Ms. Hargis reminded the Board that the ACDLA representative election will take place Tuesday December 19th 12-1:30pm in the CJC Lobby, results of the election will be reported back at the January meeting.

 

Mr. Engle moved, Mr. Blackburn seconded, and the Board voted to adjourn.

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Contact

Vickie P. Riojas,
Bail Bond Board Secretary

Phone: (512) 854-3105
Fax: (512) 854-9018

Email

Street Address

Executive Office Building
411 W. 13th Street
6th Floor Room 601
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)

Mailing Address

Travis County Bail Bond Board
C/O Vickie P. Riojas at Pretrial Services
P.O. Box 1748
Austin, Texas 78767

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