CISCO, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A residency issue played a significant role in Cisco’s recent mayoral election. Current mayor Tammy Douglas, in office since 2016, recently moved to just outside the city limits, making it impossible for her to run again.
Chris Johnson, the man who registered and was elected, faces a similar problem, having only lived within the city limits for three months. The residency period required to run for mayor is six months.
That left the job to the other candidate, former Place 5 council member and longtime resident Stephen Forester.
“He knows the ins and outs of how cities work, and I think it will be an easy transition for him to take on this role,” Mayor Douglas said.
Johnson took the Foresters Place 5 seat on the city council and Forester will be sworn in on July 25.
“I’m excited,” Forester explained. “A little nervous, but excited to take over.”
Mayor Douglas told KTAB/KRBC that she is optimistic about Cisco’s future and plans to play a civic role where she can.
“My parents raised me with great respect for civic duty and I want to leave that legacy to someone who will continue to make Cisco the best it can be,” Mayor Douglas revealed. “And that’s what I think he [Forester] it’ll be fine.”
That legacy is a goal Forester has said it wants to achieve in multiple ways. Two areas he seeks to focus on are city streets and economic development.
“I am confident that we will continue with the plans initiated by Mayor Douglas during his tenure, to update and repair Cisco roads,” Forester detailed. “Our CDC (Cisco Development Company) director, Justin Jaworski…His predecessor John Diers – they did a great job trying to renovate this little town.
Building on the momentum already gained and moving forward with its vision for the city, Forester detailed its involvement in the Cisco community.
“I raised three children in this wonderful community, and I want my children’s children to grow up in this kind of community,” Forester added.