City of Katy Mayor

Hastings Sworn in As Mayor; Carroll and Stockdick Sworn in As Council Members

Bill Hastings - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings, Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, and Ward B Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick were sworn into their respective offices before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night at City Hall. Hastings, a former Katy police chief, was making his first bid for elected office. He defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Brawner to win the seat. Hastings becomes the 16th mayor in Katy history. He will serve a three-year term thanks to […]

Hastings Elected Mayor; Stockdick Elected to Council

Mayor-Elect Bill Hastings

By George Slaughter Bill Hastings, the former Katy police chief, unseated Mayor Chuck Brawner in Saturday’s city election, polling 1,243 votes, or 60%, to Brawner’s 846 votes, or 40%. Hastings was appointed chief in 2009 and retired in January to run for mayor. This was his first run for political office. Hastings said he got very little sleep the last three days of the campaign, and joked if he could sleep late on Sunday—late being […]

Today is Last Day for Early Voting

By George Slaughter Today is the last day for early voting in the Katy city election and Katy Independent School District trustee election. City Election For polling locations and times, click here. Voters will decide the mayor’s race between incumbent Chuck Brawner and former police chief Bill Hastings. Ward B voters will decide between banking executive Jenifer Jordan Stockdick and former council member Steve Pierson. Incumbent Jimmy Mendez cannot seek reelection due to term limits. […]

Officials Give Overview of City’s Activites at KBA Meeting

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Continuing flood mitigation efforts, public safety, and economic development were among the highlights described by Mayor Chuck Brawner and Public Relations Director Kayce Reina Wednesday afternoon at the Katy Business Association meeting at Midway Barbeque, 6025 Highway Blvd. Brawner said the city has worked with U.S. Rep Mike McCaul, R-Austin, to secure funding to build the Cypress Watershed north of Katy, following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The federal government was to have […]

Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Brawner

Mayor Chuck Brawner, center, poses with members of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association – photo courtesy Katy Professional Fire Fighters Assocciation

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner Monday received the endorsement of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association as he seeks re-election against former police chief Bill Hastings. “Mayor Brawner has made the safety of Katy citizens his number one priority,” association president Harry Haynes said. “Thanks to the grant he initiated, Katy was awarded additional fire fighters, saving taxpayers more than $2 million over a three-year period. Thanks to Mayor Brawner’s fortitude, we are christening […]

Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings to Run for Mayor

Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings and his wife, Susan Denise Hastings - Facebook photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, who announced his intention to retire as chief January 15, said Thursday he intends to run for mayor next year. “I just want to have everybody on the same page,” Hastings said. “All the city employees, subdivisions—I’m not sure how inclusive they feel. I want the city and citizens to all be as one. I want this to be a vibrant community that’s inclusive to everybody here. […]

Brawner to Seek Second Term as Mayor

Chuck and Marcy Brawner

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner announced Thursday that he would be seeking a second term as 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,” Brawner said in a news release. “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 […]

Former Katy Mayor Nelson Laid to Rest Thursday

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson was fondly remembered Thursday as an impact player who brought the Katy Mills Mall to the Katy area. Nelson served as mayor from 1983-87 and as city administrator from 1994-2014. He died Sunday. He was 79. In his homily, the pastor Dr. Charles Wisdom recalled how he and Nelson first met. Wisdom had just moved to Katy from San Antonio, where in addition to his ministry he […]

Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson Remembered by Colleagues

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Katy city leaders Monday remembered former Katy Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson as a great icon who did a lot of good for the city. Nelson died Sunday. He was 79. During his tenures as mayor (1983-87) and city administrator (1994-2014), Nelson played a key leadership role in Katy’s transformation from rural town with dirt roads to blossoming urban area with subdivisions and shopping centers. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who succeeded […]

Brawner, City Looking Forward as New Year Begins

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A new year brings with it new goals. But for the city of Katy, its storm water management goals come from last year’s hurricane. “It’s time to implement the planning that has been going on for the past six months,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said in an interview. Costello, the firm hired by the city to develop the storm water management plan, expects to provide the city with a design in March. Brawner […]