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New County Judge Jim Foster, the Democrat who stunned incumbent Republican Margaret Keliher (and thousands of others) in the November elections, is looking to shore up his cred with a strong transition team. Check out who’s on it in the release in the jump:

Dallas, TX – Today, Dallas County Judge elect Jim Foster announced his transition advisory team as he prepares to take the oath of office on Jan. 1. The transition team members will be providing valuable input, guidance and advice as Judge elect Foster begins work on the Commissioner Court.

“I am pleased to have the support and guidance of a transition team that is so experienced in the many issues facing Dallas County,” said Jim Foster. “I am honored and humbled to serve the citizens of Dallas County and look forward to the input of many as we address our priorities of Parkland, emergency preparedness and clean air,” he added.

The County Judge Elect’s Transition Advisory Team includes:

Albert Black — Mr. Black is a former Chair of the Board of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and President of On-Target Supplies and Logistics.

Tom Dunning – Mr. Dunning is Chairman & CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefit Company in Dallas and is currently Chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. He also headed Dallas’s Homeless Task Force in 2004 and previously chaired the DFW Airport Board.

Paige Flink — Ms. Flink has been Executive Director of the Family Place since 1997 and brings the team an enormous knowledge base about the county’s human services and family issues.

Cynthia Gonzalez — Ms. Gonzalez is an educational consultant. She founded “Choice College, Inc.” in hopes to increase Texas enrollment in higher education. She has been an active leader with several other groups including: the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, The Women’s Museum and United Way

Adlene Harrison — Ms. Harrison served on the Dallas City Council as mayor pro tem from 1973 to 1977. In 1976 she became the first woman mayor of Dallas. She has also worked as a regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ron Kirk — Mr. Kirk is an attorney and partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP. He served as Mayor of the City of Dallas from 1995-2001. In 1994, he served as the Texas
Secretary of State. He has more than 20 years of experience as legislative counsel for numerous public and private entities.

Ron Steinhart — Mr. Steinhart is the Retired Chairman and CEO, Bank One Corporation. He is well known in Dallas for his leadership of numerous banking institutions. He has been very active as a civic leader and has helped numerous non-profit and cultural organizations in Dallas.

As one of the Transition Advisory Team members, Ron Kirk commented, “I am pleased to be a part of Jim Foster’s team and I feel certain Jim will be a hardworking and steadfast County Judge for Dallas County. I am encouraged by Jim’s outreach to all sectors of the community and I look forward to continuing to work with him and others to help move Dallas County forward.”

In addition to consulting with the transition team, Mr. Foster has spent the days since his election meeting with County department heads, Parkland officials, jail officials and many civic leaders and organizations who have offered support and guidance.

“The transition team, civic leaders and county officials and I all share a common goal of making sure that Dallas County continues to be a good place to live, to do business and visit. I look forward to working hard everyday to make Dallas County the crown jewel of Texas,” said Mr. Foster.