Precinct 4 Commissioner Whisenant not running for reelection

Commissioner Ray Whisenant with Sheriff Cutler and Commissioner Will Conley on a visit to a Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce lunch. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

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John Pacheco

 

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant announced on Tuesday, October 24 that he will not seek reelection as Hays County Precinct 4 Commissioner.

“I think that two terms is enough. I want to devote time to my wife and family, and devote some time to personal pursuits. Hopefully Hays County is a little better for my service,” Whisenant said shortly after Commissioners Court ended.

“I know some friends will be disappointed that I’m not running, but I hope they’ll understand that I think it’s time for me to step down. My main goal will be to finish things as well as I can, so that the new commissioner has that advantage,’ Whisenant said.

Whisenant was elected as Hays County Commissioner for Precinct 4 in November of 2010, after he retired from 36 years in the water industry. He had also previously served for nine years on the Dripping Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Whisenant was largely instrumental in Hays County becoming a sponsor in the Coalition of Central Texas Utilities Development Corporation (UDC). This initiative of Hays County and other government agencies led to the purchase of nearly all of the water and wastewater assets of LCRA by the West Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA). The WTCPUA was sponsored by Hays County, the City of Bee Caves, and West Travis County M.U.D. #5. The utility owns nearly 90% of the infrastructure. This water infrastructure has been a key resource in meeting the growing demand for water in Dripping Springs and the surrounding area

Whisenant also represents Hays County at the Capital Area Council of Governments on the executive board of the Clean Air Coalition. He is also the presiding member of the Hays County Fleet Committee that oversees all motor vehicles owned by the County.

“I hope that I have been a voice for the citizens and taxpayers of our County, and a good steward of their monies and county resources,” Whisenant said to The Century News.

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