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2015-02-12

King - 2015 distinguished service recipient

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Pictured: Judge Richard Evans presents award to Bandera County Commissioner Precinct 4, Doug King.

During his 12 years as a Bandera County Commissioner from Precinct 4, Doug King had amassed an impressive record of public service. So much so, in fact that it prompted his wife, Carol, to quip, "It's obvious that you don't know how to say, 'No'!"
During the Thursday, Jan. 22, Commissioners Court meeting, King was honored for his years of unstinting service with the 2015 Commissioners Court Distinguished Service Award. Special Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley, representing the Bandera County Sister Partnership Association, presented King with an impressive cedar plaque in the shape of Texas and created by Fred Collins.
While on the court, King was involved in updating the county's subdivision rules. Not only was he liaison to the countywide recycling process, animal control and EMS, but he also became the court's eyes and ears for the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Celebrate Bandera committee and the City of Bandera.
King's dedication to public service first began in 1997 when he served as precinct judge and co-chairman of the Bandera County Executive Committee until 2002. In 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, he represented Bandera as a delegate to the State Republican Convention. Gov. Rick Perry appointed King to the State Review Committee, a position he held from 2005-2007.
Closer to home, in 2004, King took on the unenviable task of becoming the county's website designer and administrator - a task he continued until 2014. He was appointed county liaison to the Bandera County Historical Commission, from 2004 to 2014. King will continue as a member of the historical commission.
In 2006, King used his long interest in everything historical to good advantage by assisting in the restoration of the courthouse roof and advising members of the Texas Historical Commission on the design of the original 1890 clock tower at the courthouse. He not only designed the Bandera County seal but also the logo used by the county historical commission.
Expanding his reach to an international arena, King acted as court liaison and member of the board of directors for the Bandera County Sister Partnership Association from 2011-2014. During that time he also represented the county as a member of the 2011 European Exchange Delegation to Strzelce Opolskie, Poland and Tysmenytsia, Ukraine. Prior to that exchange visit, King served as a director and a witness for the 2011 Sister Partnership Proclamation agreement between the cities and counties of Tysmenytsia and Bandera. The next year, he hosted members of the Polish exchange delegation during their visit to Bandera.
After King co-founded the Vanderpool Volunteer Fire Department, he became its chief for the next 20 years. He also was vice president of the Bandera County Fire Chiefs and Presidents Association from 1998 to 2014.
A member of the Utopia Lions Club from 1996 to 2012, he also served as the organization's president.
Accepting the prestigious award, King said for the last 12 years, he had been "living a dream and serving not only my constituents, but also all the people of Bandera County."
King continued, "It was the support of everyone involved that allowed me to do all of these thing, but most especially the support of my family."