Commission application number 220 submitted by Danny Wittliff on 07/18/2020

First Name Danny
Middle Name/Initial J.
Last Name Wittliff
Suffix P.E.
Voter Unique Identification number 1132789987
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 65+
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Business
What is your occupation? Professional Engineer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78727
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78727
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Manda
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial L.
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Rash
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. As a licensed professional engineer, I consult on energy and environmental projects in Texas and elsewhere. This involves digesting and analyzing data as well as applying laws, rules, and regulations to arrive a workable solution.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. As Chief Engineer for the TNRCC from 1995 to 1999 and a consultant giving public testimony in controversial energy industry cases, I let the data and the facts lead my analysis and eventual recommendations.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Austin is big city that will exceed one million people soon. The city has a diverse population from most areas of the world. There are significant minorities that include African American, Hispanic, and Asian. The city also has a transportation system infrastructure that presents opportunities and challenges when developing council districts that are workable, ensure our diversity is represented by our council, and comply with applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.
Please provide your employment history. I served as Chief Engineer of the TNRCC from 1995 to 1999, President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers from 2002 to 2003, and President of the National Society of Professional Engineers from 2012 to 2013. In these roles and committee chairmanships before and since, I became skilled at identifying policy issues, managing conflicting positions, and building consensus around workable solutions. I worked as environmental engineering consultant at Naismith Engineering from 1999 to 2001 and Managing Director of Environmental Services at GDS Associates since 2007. In addition, I served as Principal of Dan Wittliff Consulting from 2002 through 2006. In each of these positions, I oversaw complex energy, permitting, and environmental compliance projects on track and on time. For six months from late 2001 through the middle of 2002, I served as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Hydroprocessing, Inc. which was developing a technology for treating wastewater plant sludge. Prior to my engagement at TNRCC, I worked at West Texas Utilities from 1981 to 1995 where I served 10 years in electric power production and almost 4 years as manager of environmental services. From 1972 to 1982, I served as communications officer in the US Air Force culminating as commander of a mountaintop communications unit in Central Turkey. From, 1981 until my retirement as a colonel in 2002, I continued in the reserves as a communications officer, civil engineer, environmental engineer, and munitions officer. A full resume of work experience, projects, and publications is available on request.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I believe I have the demonstrated skills in managing conflict, working through complicated regulatory processes, developIng workable solutions, and building consensus around these solutions. I think these would be very helpful to the Commission in accomplishing our mission.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Television
Disclaimer Agreement Checked
Disclaimer Signature Danny Joe Wittliff
District District 6
Does this application qualify? Yes