Changes are coming to the Southlake City Council as long-term member Brandon Bledsoe is stepping down due to the Council term limit provision of the City Charter. Chad Patton will take his place when sworn in on May 17. Councilmembers Randy Williamson and John Huffman will be sworn in on that evening for new terms.
Bledsoe, who has served on the Council since 2009, has an extensive service record with the city, which includes service as Mayor Pro Tem and as a member of several City Council committees, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and the Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods Standing Committee. He has also been active with the Urban Land Institute, Bob Jones Nature Center Board of Directors and with other community caus3 es through Amegy Bank of Texas.
“Brandon Bledsoe’s wisdom and steady hand have been so important to our City,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “He has been an outstanding elected official whose impact has been significant. He will be sorely missed.”
Managing development, addressing infrastructure needs, protecting the strong financial position of the City, and being responsive to citizen preferences have been priorities for Councilmember Bledsoe, who played an active role in the development of the City’s master plan, Southlake 2030, and in implementing important financial policies.
“It’s been an honor to serve and contribute in some small way to the positive evolution of the City,” he said. “It’s been satisfying work that I’m glad to have been a part of. It’s a great city, and I’m confident that Southlake will continue to move forward with great success.”
Chad Patton, will replace Bledsoe in the Place 3 seat when sworn in on May 17. Patton, who has resided in Southlake since 2005, has served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and has volunteered as a coach for youth sports.
“I’m ready to get started and look forward to working with the team. There are many interesting projects underway and I’m happy to be able to continue my service to the City in this way,” he said.
Current Councilmembers Randy Williamson and John Huffman were unopposed in their bids for reelection and will be sworn in for new three-year terms the same evening. Both have service records on various boards and committees for the City and as volunteers within the community.