Honored for public service

Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick, flanked by Rockport Mayor Pat Rios, left, Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, right, and Aransas County commissioners, from left in background, Bubba Casterline, Jack Chaney, and Charles Smith, accepts a proclamation in recognition of his outstanding public service.

Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills and the commissioners’ court, at their regular meeting Monday, May 11, presented Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick a proclamation recognizing his “outstanding public service.” Rockport Mayor Pat Rios was in attendance, as well. Kendrick’s official last day as mayor is Monday, May 18.

“Sometime in the future I hope to work with you again,” said Mills. “Thanks for everything you’ve done for us. I’m going to miss you.”

Rios echoed the same sentiment toward Kendrick.

The Fulton Mayor noted the three of them (and former Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax) went through a lot together with Hurricane Harvey, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We kept each other sane,” he said.

Kendrick, a 15-year Fulton resident, was appointed mayor in July 2011, elected to the position in 2012, and served three more consecutive terms. He served the residents of the Fulton and Aransas County selflessly for more than nine years.

The proclamation noted the town became a popular tourist destination under his governance.

It said when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Aransas County, City of Rockport, and the Town of Fulton, Kendrick remained at the Aransas County EOC, and showed his personal commitment, leadership and guidance to the Aransas County community.

“Mayor Jimmy Kendrick lead a swift community recovery from Hurricane Harvey in the Town of Fulton, and lead the rebuilding and reopening of the iconic (Fulton Convention Center) Paws and Taws on Feb. 8, 2020,” read the proclamation.

It also noted during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is unprecedented in modem history, “Kendrick worked to great lengths to help stabilize public welfare and protection in the Town of Fulton and

Aransas County.”

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