March 5, 2019
At this point in the legislative session, I usually have to be at three places at once and don’t have a lot of opportunities to slow down and appreciate a moment.
So on Monday night I took a moment and honored someone who has spent the past 35 years working to provide access to healthcare to folks in need.
Every year, I get to pick someone to receive the Kirk P. Watson Public Service Award at the Travis County Democratic Party annual dinner. This year, I chose Larry Wallace, the chief administrative officer for Central Health, because he’s the kind of quiet leader who works behind the scenes and gets things done outside of the spotlight. He’s the kind of leader that reminds me of my dad, Don Watson, who was a lifelong public employee with a deep commitment to community and public service.
Larry has served the residents of Travis County since the creation of the health care district nearly 15 years ago. Among his achievements has been the creation of the East Travis County Coalition — a collaboration of more than a dozen local organizations working to identify needs and improve access to essential health and human services for residents of suburban and rural East Travis County.
I think my dad would’ve liked Larry. And I’m certainly proud to have this opportunity to recognize him and his service to our community.
Now, back to work.