Meet the new city council members of Southlake and Colleyville

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Colleyville and Southlake welcomed new city council members this week.

Both cities canceled their May 11 elections because the candidates for city council positions ran unopposed.

In Colleyville, resident Chuck Mogged Jr. took Michael Muhm’s Place 2 seat, while Mayor David Kelly and councilwoman Carol Wollin, Place 1, retained their seats. The city saved $7,000 by canceling its election.

Southlake’s former councilmen Al Zito and Jeff Wang chose not to run and were replaced by Randy Williamson and Laura Hill for places 4 and 5 respectively. Councilman Brandon Bledsoe returns. Canceling the elections saved taxpayers $15,000.

Without the fanfare of campaigning here’s a chance to meet the new city council members.

Chuck Mogged Jr., Colleyville City Council Place 2

Colleyville City Council swore in Chuck Mogged Jr. on Tuesday before getting right to agenda items.

While he didn’t have to, Mogged Jr. said he continued to “campaign.”

“I didn’t let that stop me from knocking on a lot of doors,” he said. “Whether or not I had an opponent, that didn’t stop me from going out and meeting a lot of folks.”

The 58-year-old, who first moved to Colleyville in 2002, said now is an exciting time for the city.

“There's a lot of great things happening and even more that can happen,” he said.

The retiree has had a career in engineering and business, working for companies like John Deere and Peerless Manufacturing. He said his business experience will help him shape a city that’s growing and developing.

He said he will bring four principles to his role as a councilman: cultivating strong public safety activities, seeing smart growth, overseeing appropriate development and fiscal responsibility.

Those pillars, he said, can help the city keep the rural feel the citizens desire while continuing to develop.

“We cherish that and how we develop appropriately will impact if we can continue that or not,” he said. “It's going to take focus on staying in those rural, small town, values in order to get there and stay there.”

Randy Williamson, Southlake Place 4

Randy Williamson is ready to serve his community.

“When I came here, I knew that Southlake was going to be our home,” the 44-year-old family man said. “I wanted to be involved in my community and have the opportunity to give back.

He and his wife, Amy have four children from the ages of 14- to 8-years-old.

The role as a councilman tops a city government career that includes service on several groups including the Parks and Recreation Board and Planning and Zoning Commission. The resident, who’s lived in the city for more than 7 years, said he wants to continue demonstrating fair and balanced decision making in city council.

“One of the things I feel like I’m going to bring is the ability to look at downstream applications,” he said. “As decision makers you have to be very careful not to make decisions in a vacuum or in the here and now.”

Williamson has worked in the healthcare industry in sales and management since graduating from Florida State University in 1991.

He said he wants to leave a footprint on the city that continues its high quality reputation and values.

“The Southlake 50 years from now is the Southlake we have today. It’s a community and a place where people come and raise families,” he said.

Laura Hill, Southlake Place 5

Laura Hill is a city council veteran.

She served on the council from 2004-2011, but had to step down after filling the two-successive election term limit.

Hill, 56, said the thought of returning came to her several months ago when friend and exiting councilman Wang told her he wasn’t planning on returning.

“I love it. I really missed it. When I went off of council I was glad. I felt I had done a great job and it was time for someone else and I would find something else to do,” she said. “I hadn’t thought about it until then. As soon as he said it I thought, ‘Wow, why not.’ ”

In her time outside of the council chambers she’s been involved with several organizations and created her own philanthropy, Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids ( SPARK). The organization’s goal is to educate and facilitate discussion in the community about the issues youth are facing like alcohol, drugs and depression.

“Southlake has really changed a lot in that the school district, the city government, DPS all acknowledge that to have healthy kids we have to talk about tough subjects,” she said. “We live in a different day in age and kids can get really hurt by getting involved with the wrong people and the wrong things.”

In her two years off council, Hill has continued to work at Downey Publishing, her family’s publishing business in Southlake, has started SPARK and is the board chair for the Recovery Resource Council of Tarrant County. Hill said the experience of working with people who have much less is something she’ll bring to her return to the council.

“I think I've learned to be a little kinder and a little gentler,” she said. “I have learned some really good lessons: Slowed down enough to really pay attention to what I guess is important.

“It’s time to do what's important and not get caught up in the little stuff.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dussssstin

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