CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner will seek a second term in 2019. He will be running against retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings, who Thursday said he intends to run for mayor.
“Serving Katy has been a distinct honor, and I would be humbled to serve one more term to complete the work we have begun together,” said Mayor Brawner in a press release distributed to the media on Thursday morning. “The families of Katy were at the center of my campaign when I ran for mayor, and our Katy families remain the center of my re-election campaign to keep Katy on the right track.”
Mayor Brawner ran on a platform to secure public safety, fight flooding, increase savings, protect private property rights and address mobility issues facing this growing city, all of which he says have been addressed in his first term.
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A significant focus of Mayor Brawner has been in improving drainage and addressing flood-prone areas.
“Plans were deep in the works when Hurricane Harvey hit in the fall of 2017,” his press release said.
“When Hurricane Harvey hit, Mayor Brawner went into action working with emergency management crews, police and fire, the Texas National Guard and elected officials from around the area to rescue and protect as many Katy citizens as humanly possible,” his campaign said.
Mayor Brawner, Rep. Michael McCaul and others have worked together to protect Katy for the long-term in Harvey’s aftermath. The city is exploring solutions to secure the Cypress Watershed and calling for more efforts to unite in the region to prevent future flooding in Katy.
“The work to fix the drainage challenges for the city of Katy continues, and Mayor Brawner has instituted more accountability with the contractors to get the job done on time or pay penalties – a campaign promise kept,” his press release said.
The Brawner campaign points out that long-term flood prevention and stormwater planning and infrastructure improvements are being implemented without a tax increase or tax rate increase.
“Katy families and residents have suffered from flooding for far too long,” said Mayor Brawner. “When I was elected, fighting flooding was one of my top priorities and will continue to be. We are finding solutions with our neighboring counties to work together to protect families from devastating floods. We are pushing for improved drainage and street repair for our neighborhoods. We have brought more life-saving equipment into Katy should we get hit again, and we have helped folks across Katy rebuild after Harvey.”
As former police chief of Spring Branch Independent School District, ensuring the safety of Katy families and residents is another significant service Mayor Brawner sought to improve.
He oversaw the building of the second fire station that had been long delayed. This station will reduce response times for families and neighborhoods in its service area. While a member of City Council, Mayor Brawner had begun a grant process to cover the costs for more firefighters. The grant was approved and the city was able to hire more firefighters and save $2.1 million.
“Katy Fire Department’s ranking has improved under Mayor Brawner. Bringing increased life-saving services to Katy is a goal Mayor Brawner will keep advancing in a second term,” the press release said. “While a member of City Council and as mayor, Mayor Brawner has always looked for ways to save money for Katy and its taxpayers. He scrutinizes the department budgets to determine where costs can be streamlined and waste eliminated. Mayor Brawner has expected high standards of service and integrity of city employees as mayor and has settled for no less on behalf of the taxpayers of the city.”
Brawner says his first accomplishments show that he deserves a second term.
“I committed to keep Katy on the right track when I ran for mayor, and we have worked tirelessly to make that happen, improving our public safety, our roads and drainage, our flood management systems, our way of doing business with city employees and with our contractors – all while staying within our budget and not increasing taxes,” said Mayor Brawner. “Katy is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are managing the growth so that people love living here to raise their family. Katy is the best place to find a forever house and build a life, and we want to keep it that way. I would be honored to serve one more term as mayor of this wonderful city we call home.”
Chuck Brawner and his wife, Marcy, have lived in the Katy area for 32 years and in the city proper for the past 17 years. In December of 2016, Mayor Brawner retired as the chief of police at Spring Branch ISD after 21 years of service. Mayor Brawner served on the Katy City Council from 2013 to 2017, was appointed mayor pro tem in 2014 by former Mayor Fabol Hughes and elected mayor of Katy in May of 2017.
For the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Brawner served as a security team leader and, during Hurricane Ike, Brawner was joint commander with the Texas Department of Public Safety at the Houston Regional Staging Area for Emergency Response Resources. In the mid-1980s, Brawner served as a volunteer firefighter captain for the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department and took on a leadership role as a member of Fire District 48’s Board of Directors. He was elected in 1998 as president of the Texas Municipal Police Association after serving a number of years on the organization’s board.
Brawner was appointed by Texas Gov. George W. Bush to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, to which Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him. He was also appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
“Mayor Brawner is committed to making the families of Katy the center of his campaign,” his press release said.
Mayor Brawner is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University. Chuck and Marcy Brawner have been married for 32 years. They are grandparents and are active members of Parkway Fellowship Church.