Travis County Attorney David Escamilla (pictured) and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (pictured) both say they’ve heard several plans for where their offices could be in the future, but they don’t know which plan will reach fruition. Escamilla notes the entire Commissioners Court must vote on a plan.
Biscoe says in a 3-2 vote on March 20, the Commissioners Court indicated plans to purchase a parking lot at San Antonio and 11th Streets for $7.25 million. He notes the lot is adjacent to the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, and he hopes the new building includes an “underground or overhead walkway” to the justice center.
Escamilla says out of 204 employees, 72 are lawyers — half prosecute criminal misdemeanors and half handle the county’s civil work. The current location of his office is fair to both sets of lawyers, who must walk about an equal distance to other buildings to do their work. He notes the county has planned to expand his office space within his current building.
“I feel where I’m at right now is best,” Escamilla says.
Lehmberg says her 214 employees, including 88 prosecutors, currently are “scattered out” in the justice center and another county office building, with some specialized prosecution teams stationed elsewhere. She hopes to keep her offices in the justice center as long as possible.
“The downside is that we can’t stay here forever, because they need it for courts, and there’s not parking,” says Lehmberg. Wherever her office ends up, she hopes there’s space for nearly everyone together, it’s near the courts, and there’s ample parking.
-- Angela Morris