Precinct One, Commissioner Lisa Birkman

Lisa is a sixth generation Texan, born on the Army base at Ft. Hood in 1960. Her family lived in the United States and around the world with her father, a now retired U.S. Army Colonel.  Her ancestors first came to Texas from Tennessee in a covered wagon in 1851, when they established the town of Bagdad, which is near modern-day Leander. She's never forgotten her family’s home in Williamson County, where they have owned their farm for over 150 years. Many of her family members still live in Williamson County.
After graduation from Georgetown High School in 1978, Lisa attended Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. Next, she taught public school for over 13 years in mainly Round Rock and Austin ISD. Her teaching tenure included 9 years in Austin teaching pre-kindergarten in the state and federally funded program for underprivileged and/or non-English speaking four year olds.

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8/29/2016 8:09 AM
August 23, 2016 (Williamson County, TX) –Williamson County’s Alan’s Hope Project is hosting a “Ceremony of Hope” in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week on Thursday, September 8, at 4 p.m. at the Mays Street Boutique, 2001 N. Mays Street, Round Rock. The ceremony also will be the official “unveiling” of the Alan’s Hope Project mural painted on the south side of the Mays Street Boutique by local artist Rachel Viator. The mural she created is of butterflies flying out of an opening in the earth with the words “Always know the world is a better place with you in it” circling the earth. The butterflies are painted in turquoise and purple, the colors that represent suicide prevention and awareness.

Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner will be the keynote speaker and Jay Styles of Mix 94.7 will be the emcee. Immediately following the ceremony, Mimi Gray, a local singer/song writer will be performing until 7:00 p.m. People are encouraged to stay and listen to Mimi while enjoying light refreshments....
8/28/2016 12:14 PM
As a former public school teacher and a current Court Appointed Special Advocate, I have had the opportunity to observe the state’s foster care system.   Given the recent increase of deaths of children in foster care and other troubling reports, I suggest that the following changes.

Currently, CPS is set up so that there are several separate divisions that work with a case: investigations, conservatorship and adoption.  By design, a caseworker from each division is assigned to the case as it progresses.   So, at best, with no turnovers of employees, the child, family members, foster parents, and all involved have two to three caseworkers.  Each time there is a change, it is disruptive.  In my CASA case, we have had five caseworkers in 16 months, some due to turnover, some due to changing divisions in CPS.  Each time, it took time for the new caseworker to get up to speed.   Having the same caseworker throughout a case would ensure that the person knew the children and their families much better, which could...
6/16/2016 11:03 AM
Jessika Kalaher was 27 years old in September of 2009 when she went into the Wal-Mart on Hwy. 183 in Cedar Park to buy dog food late one evening. Jessika had graduated from Pflugerville High School in 2000 and Texas State University in 2007. She was working at HEB as a manager while also serving as a substitute teacher at Union Hill Elementary School in Round Rock ISD. She hoped to get a permanent teaching position in the future. But, after buying the food for her dogs, Tacoma and Duke, she was assaulted, strangled and left for dead. She eventually died in her car in the parking lot of that Wal-Mart store. Now, almost seven years later, the person that strangled her has yet to answer for the crime.

Much has been written and debated about what happened from that point forward. An arrest was made, and a local man went on trial for her capital murder. That legal proceeding ended in a mistrial. Appeals are underway. But the bottom line is we do not have justice for Jessika or closure for her family.

8/26/2015 1:38 PM

Williamson County’s Alan’s Hope Project is hosting a “Ceremony For Hope” in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week on Tuesday, September 8th, at 8:30 a.m. in the District Courtroom, on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse at 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown. The public is invited and asked to participate by submitting a drawing of what hope means to you. To read about submitting your artwork, click here. To view the ceremony announcement, click here.

3/2/2015 4:15 PM
Please see attached letter from Commissioner Birkman regarding the possible issuance of certificates of obligation bonds to fund improvements to county facilities.  The county will host several open houses which are listed in the letter. Also attached is a spread sheet outlining the county’s current/future debt. 

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Lisa Birkman
Commissioner Precinct One
1801 East Old Settlers Blvd.
Suite  #110
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: (512) 244-8610
Fax: (512) 244-8616
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Mary Clark
Executive Assistant
(512) 244-8615 Direct Line

Tammy Smith
Administrative Assistant
(512) 244-8610


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Williamson County Courthouse
710 Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Telephone: (512)943-1100
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