Blue Santa Shopping Spree 2014

Blue Santa Shopping Spree with Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr sped through Sam’s Club Friday morning, collecting all the items they could find in a three-minute period. The shopping spree, sponsored by local business RetailMeNot, challenged Acevedo and Kerr to a shopping spree in Sam’s Club in South Austin to collect $15,000 worth …

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Court decision gives fire chief hiring authority, but union fights on

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Now that a federal judge has approved a settlement between the city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that the city’s Fire Department hiring practices were discriminatory, the Austin Fire Department can resume hiring of cadets. The move provides a path forward for hiring but doesn’t settle an ongoing dispute between …

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Austin, Travis County officials sign wildfire plan

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A plan designed to help communities prevent and respond to wildfires was made official Friday when local officials signed the nearly 1,000-page document that has been several years in the making. Travis County Sam Biscoe, Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Texas Forest Service Director Tom Boggus gathered at Austin Community College’s pinnacle campus …

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Judge approves settlement over firefighter discrimination allegations

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Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said in a statement that the Fire Department is pleased U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel approved the city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. “This ruling allows us to move forward with our 2013 hiring process, and also with our future recruiting and hiring program,” she said. “We’re …

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