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    County Commissioner Gary Fickes is committed to providing the leadership, experience and knowledge to make Precinct 3 the most desirable area to live and work in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. His 30 years of community involvement as a commissioner, mayor and community leader have given him the opportunity and first-hand experience in helping to build a truly great area.

     

    Because Northeast Tarrant County (Precinct 3) is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, innovative solutions are required to address pressing transportation and infrastructure needs. The Precinct includes two  

    Commissioner Gary Fickes

    major airports (D/FW and Alliance) and numerous major freeways. All major freeways are over capacity at this time. Commissioner Fickes has helped guide the approval and start of construction on two major projects: The North Tarrant Expressway and the DFW Connector. Both projects were approved in the first quarter of 2009.  These projects represent over $3 billion in improvements toward increased mobility and reduced congestion in Precinct 3.
     

    Commissioner Fickes supports quality economic development because it is a proven tool for job creation, improves property values, creates sales tax funds, adds value to the community and improves the quality of life for the region. It brings increased payrolls, more spending power and creates a better economic environment for everyone.
     

    Healthcare is an important issue to Commissioner Fickes. Since being elected, he has worked to improve patient care/outcome and patient access at John Peter Smith Hospital. He has helped create three new school-based clinics in Precinct 3 and the Gertrude Tarpley JPS Healthcare Center in Watauga. Commissioner Fickes served as Chairman/Trustee at Harris Methodist Hospital HEB and as a Trustee for the Harris Methodist Health Foundation.
     

    Education

    Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Science, 1972
     

    Family

    Son, Christopher
    Son, Corey and wife, Kacey, Grandaughter, Evie
    Daughter, Jennifer and husband, Alex Styers
     

    Present Community Involvement

    Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, Past Chair
    National Association of Counties, Transportation Steering Committee
    Texas High Speed Rail & Transportation Corporation
    Metroport Cities Partnership, Board Member
    Northeast Leadership Forum, Member
    Colleyville Executive Forum, Member
    Southlake Executive Forum, Member
    Grapevine Rotary Club, Member
    Colleyville Lions Club, Member
    Metroport Meals on Wheels Advisory Board, Member
    TEX-21, Vice President
    Tarrant County Historical Commission, Commissioner's Liaison
    Chambers of Commerce for Colleyville, Grapevine, Greater Keller, H.E.B.,
    NE Tarrant, NW Metroport, Southlake
     
     

    Past Community Involvement

    Mayor, City of Southlake 1989-1996
    Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman 1986-1989
    Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Chairman 1987-1988, 2002
    Harris Methodist Hospital H.E.B., Chairman/Trustee 1996-2008
    Harris Methodist Health System, Trustee 2003-2007
    BSA, Scout Master, Committee Chairman 1983-1999
    Tarrant County Mayors Council, Chairman/Member 1989-1996
    Tarrant County 911 Board of Manager, Vice-Chairman/Member 1989-1996
    Texas Southwestern Cattle Raiser Association 1996-Present
    National Rifle Association 1980-Present
       
       

    Awards and Recognition

    Southlake Citizen of the Year 1990
    Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow 1996
    Rotarian of the Year, Grapevine Rotary Club 2000
    Northeast Leadership Forum, Distinguished Community Leadership Award 2002
    Texas Department of Transportation "Road Hand" Award 2004
    Boy Scouts of America, Silver Eagle Award 2006
    International Service Award, Grapevine Rotary Club 2007-2008
    Spirit of Enterprise, Greater Keller Chamber 2008
    Chairman's Choice Award, NE Tarrant Chamber 2010
    Greater Fort Worth Builders Association Partnership Award 2010
    John Harbin Visionary Award, NW Metroport Chamber 2011
    Clyde Mooney Award, H-E-B Chamber 2011
    HealthCare Hero Award, Fort Worth Business Press 2013
       
       

    County Awards and Recognition

    Northeast Newsletter -

      Texas Association of Counties, Best Practice Award for Delivery of Service

    2010

    Empowering Seniors -

      Texas Association of Counties, Best Practice Award for Innovation

    2012

    Empowering Seniors -

      National Association of Counties, Achievement Award

    2015