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2015-01-08

King's last commissioners' court

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A special session of Bandera Commissioners Court on Monday, Dec. 29, marked the final meeting for long time Precinct 4 Commissioner, Doug King.
Earlier, he had declined to stand for re-election during the last political go-round. Newcomer Jodie Rutherford has now taken over the reins as commissioner from Precinct 4.
In an email, King recalled the epic changes that had taken place while he served on the court that has included developing and maintaining the county's website for the last decade.
"When I came into office in 2002, Bandera County had just experienced a devastating flood. Many of the county's roads and bridges were destroyed and the entire offices of the road and bridge department had been washed away, as well," he noted.
Later, with a minimum of acrimony, the court successfully convinced taxpayers that the county "desperately needed to build a new jail and justice center," King said. "At the same time, we found a new home for our road and bridge department. We were also able to repair the roof of our beautiful courthouse."
The road and bridge department is now located behind the jail and justice center. In its finishing stages of construction, the county's new animal control facility is also located on that same parcel of land on Highway 173 North.
After thanking his constituents in Precinct 4 for allowing him to serve for the past 12 years, King gave a special thanks to Judge Richard Evans and his fellow commissioners. "It has been an extreme pleasure to work with true gentlemen. Sometimes we had disagreements but we would always shake hands like gentlemen when it was over."
He continued, "I am also proud of all the men and woman who work for Bandera County. All of you
made my job easy. For that, many thanks!"
In an interview, Evans spoke at length about King's unique contributions to the county - especially its online presence.
"When Bandera County was required to post documents online, Doug did a first rate job developing the website for us. This was something he didn't have to do, it wasn't part of his duties as a commissioner, but he was willing to step in and take on special projects," Evans explained.
He continued, "When Doug volunteered to create the county's website and keep it updated, he not only saved the taxpayers a lot of money, but he also kept us in compliance with new state requirements. We got spoiled."
Referencing King's locksmith expertise, Evans noted, "And, it was always nice to have an in-house key expert - "Doug's certainly going to be missed."
In conclusion, King acknowledged that his family's unwavering support contributed to his successful career in public service.
"I want to thank my lovely wife, Carol, and our family, for their patience, understanding and support. I know I could not have served without them behind me," he said.
One poignant moment came when King learned his son, United States Army Sgt. Phillip King, and his girlfriend, US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydnie Woolcock, would be able to attend his last meeting of commissioners court.
Phillip King serves with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Woolcock is stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland.
"I was so proud my son could attend my last meeting as commissioner," King said, adding, "He ttended my first meeting when I sworn-in on January 2003. He was only 11 years old at the time."
The Courier thanks King for the years he dedicated to serving the people of Bandera County and wish him and Carol the best of luck during their coming future adventures.