Austin, who was first elected mayor in 1996, has served on the association’s board of directors for several years. He is a past chairman of the association’s transportation policy committee and is a member of its legislative policy council.
In addition, Austin was appointed chairman of the association’s newly-formed member services advisory council. The role of the council is to provide ongoing feedback to the association staff on services needed to help cities operate more effectively and efficiently. The group will meet three to four times a year and is comprised of a mix of elected and appointed city officials
He also is on the board of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and chairs the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. He serves on the boards of trustees for the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency and the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefits System.
“Mayor Austin is respected by city officials around the state,” said association executive director Lamar Norton. “He understands the issues cities face and has played an important role in legislative efforts on behalf of cities for many years. In addition, he’s been very supportive of [the association] and has served on several task forces and committees. We look forward to his continued leadership in this new role.”
Based in Atlanta, the association is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical assistance services to its 520 member cities.