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Mike Renfro



Mike Renfro was Travis County Judge from 1975 until 1986. Renfro is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1970. He served as First Assistant County Attorney for Travis County before he was promoted to the judiciary. As County Judge, Renfro initiated the county parks program and led the effort to create the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. He was a major driving force in the passage of a county septic tank ordinance which was developed to protect area lakes and aquifers. Renfro was a proponent for expanding the county’s human services programs. He was implemental in establishing the Travis County Mental Health Unit (agency cooperating with Sheriff’s department, County Attorney’s office; County Court-at-Law No. 4, Austin State Hospital, and other area police agencies in professionally handling mental cases), the Travis County Deaf Services Program, and the Travis County Alcohol Counseling Services program, a counseling program and founder of Dial-a-Ride, a holiday season drive-a-drinker home program. He was a strong supporter of the creation of Starflight, a nationally recognized helicopter EMS system in Travis County. Renfro helped to add alternatives to incarceration in the corrections field by establishing the Travis County Rehabilitation Center, a minimum security corrections facility on 130 acres in Del Valle, and the Travis County Work Release Program, an 88-man facility in Del Valle that houses inmates who are sentenced to jail time, but are allowed to work during the day and serve out their sentences at night and weekends. During his time as County Judge, Renfro was Chairman of the Travis County Industrial Development Corporation, the Travis County Housing Corporation, and the Capital Area Planning Council.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mike Renfro Papers

 Collection — other: 64 boxes
Identifier: 02-MS04

The arrangement is based on the original order in which the collection was received. Commissioners Court Agendas are arranged mostly by type, divided into regular, special, and work sessions. Though, some years of the agendas were grouped together by month and maintain this order in the collection. Subject Files maintain the same year-based and alphabetical order used by Renfro's office.

Dates: 1975-1989; 1975-1986