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Cox hired as new city administrator

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The City Council approved the employment contract with William Cox for the position of City Administrator at their August 2 regular meeting.

“It is an honor to be selected as the City Administrator of Bandera,” said Cox. “I called Bandera home long before this opportunity surfaced and I have a vested interest in the community. I am excited to work with the elected officials, staff, and citizens, as we carry out the mission and vision for OUR beloved Bandera.”

Cox, a Bandera County resident, has already been in attendance to observe several city council meetings and will begin his duties on September 1.

For the past four years, Cox has served as the Economic Development Director in Leon Valley. Prior to that, Cox worked as the interim City Manager of the City of George West in 2018.

Cox has an extensive 24-year background as a public servant, during which he served 18 years at the City of Humble Fire Department and rose to Fire Captain, held the positions of Assistant Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Brady Fire Department and worked as the Fire Chief for the City of Aransas Pass.

Cox also worked for the private sector in Saudi Arabia. During that time, he shared, he learned an enormous amount of technical business knowledge, skills and abilities in his position as a Fire Advisor for the world’s largest oil and gas company, Saudi Aramco.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Institute of economic Development, Cox also has an associate degree in fire protection technology, a bachelor’s degree in emergency management administration and a masters degree in public administration. His credentials include Fire Service Chief Executive Officer from Texas A&M Mays Business School, Executive Chief Officer with The Fire Chiefs Association and a graduate of the Texas A&M Executive EMS Leadership Academy.

Cox has earned certifications as an EMT Paramedic, code enforcement officer, hazardous materials technician, master fire investigator, master fire inspector, incident safety officer, hazardous materials incident commander, fire instructor, wildland firefighter and TCFP state skills examiner. Cox, who serves on economic development committees for the TEDC, IEDC and AACOG is a member of the Region 8 Texas City Management Association. He and his wife, Colleen, have four children and one grandchild.