ANNOUNCEMENT: Donna Edmundson Could Become the First Female City Attorney for Houston Thanks to Mayor Parker
PICTURED: City Attorney David Feldman (far left), Assistant City Attorney Donna Edmundson, Council Member Dwight Boykins (District D), Mayor Annice Parker, and Council Member Jack Christie (At-Large Position 5).
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Edmundson is the Choice of Mayor Annise Parker to Replace Outgoing City Attorney David Feldman
By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine
I recently received a press release from Council Member Dwight Boykins the council member representing District D on Houston’s City Council. I’m sharing this press release with you because I too believe that assistant city attorney Donna Edmundson is an excellent choice to become the first female to serve as city attorney for the city of Houston. Edmundson must still be confirmed by Houston's city council in about two weeks. See the press release below.
HERE’S THE PRESS RELEASE I MENTIONED RECEIVING FROM COUNCIL MEMBER DWIGHT BOYKINS
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Donna Edmundson announced as new Houston city attorney
Today, Council Member Dwight Boykins joined Mayor Annise Parker to announce that former assistant City Attorney Donna Edmundson was selected to be the new city attorney beginning January 16, 2015, upon confirmation by City Council.
Edmundson will become the first woman to hold the prestigious position and has nearly 30 years of experience with the City of Houston Legal Department. Since 2008, she has worked as Chief of the department's Neighborhood Services Section and under her leadership she has taken legal action against the owners of dangerous buildings and worked closely with The Houston Police Department on gang, drug and vice related matters.
"A city attorney is one of the most important decisions a city council can make and I am standing in support of Donna Edmundson because of her wealth of knowledge and expertise," said Council Member Dwight Boykins. "Donna Edmundson has a proven record of success in her current position and has worked on many key issues and programs that have benefitted not only The City of Houston, but also the District D community."
Donna Edmundson received her Bachelor of Arts from Sam Houston State University and her law degree from South Texas College of Law, a school which holds special significance to Council Member Boykins, as his wife, Genora Boykins, graduated from there as well.
Council Member Dwight Boykins and his city council colleagues will consider Edmundson's confirmation in two weeks.
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About Carroll G. Robinson
Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor and a former Associate Dean of External Affairs at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. Professor Robinson is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System (HCC) and a Citizen Member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of K9s4COPs. He is also a past chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce.
Professor Robinson is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council. As a member of the City Council, Professor Robinson chaired the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee.
Professor Robinson represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the local council of regional governments. He served as a member of the Board’s Budget Committee and was a Vice Chair of the Transportation Policy Council. He also represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for I-69 Texas and TEX-21, a statewide transportation coalition of elected officials, business leaders and transportation and infrastructure professionals.
Professor Robinson is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee. He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League’s Utilities and Environment Committee, and Transportation Task Force; Advisory Board of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members where he was also a member of the Housing Committee; a former member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO); a former member of the Texas Attorney General’s Municipal Advisory Committee (1998); Founding Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s Local Elected Officials Network; a former Chairman of the National League of Cities Democratic Municipal Officials; a former member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC); and a former General Counsel of the Texas Democratic Party.
Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He has also worked as an adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law.
Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey (where he received a Certificate of Academic Accomplishment in African-American Studies) and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is the author or co-author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries. Robinson plans to put his vast experience and know-how to work for the people of Houston should voters choose him as the best candidate in the race for City of Houston Controller on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election ballot.