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Liesa Hackett, a long-time City employee, was chosen by Governor Greg Abbott to sit on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Council. She is one of eight Texas residents honored by the Governor.
The council’s objective is to study and make recommendations to the commissioner, who is charged with management and operation of DFPS. Hackett said she is excited to be part of the council and looks forward to serving the DFPS mission of protecting children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
“I love doing what I do, from my job to my activities throughout the community,” Hackett said.
Hackett moved to Huntsville after getting a job in Finance with the City of Huntsville 15 years ago this month. She currently serves on the Employee Scholarship Committee and the City of Huntsville, Texas Veterans Affairs Advisory Board. She is a former president of the Huntsville Leadership Institute, former board member of CASA of Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity counties, and former president of the Huntsville Lions Club.
Hackett gives her time to the Lions Club International as District Chaplain. She is also an advisor for the newly-formed Walker County Leo Club, membership chair of the Huntsville Lions Club, and member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee.
Hackett served 14 years in the U.S. Army, receiving her Bachelor of Science in business from Excelsior College. She is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the American Payroll Association.
“Liesa is an asset to the City,” said Finance Director Steve Ritter. “She is very active with various charity events in the community, including the Walker County Heart Walk, American Heart Association cancer walks, and Relay for Life, and she has spearheaded Christmas present drives for children. I am not surprised at all that Governor Abbot appointed her to the Family and Protective Services Council. I know she will do an excellent job.”
Hackett’s term on the Council will end in February 2023.