The torch has been officially passed to Fulshear’s new mayor, Don McCoy.

At a June 26 special City Council meeting, McCoy was sworn in as the new mayor of Fulshear, taking the reins from former Mayor Aaron Groff, who has served the city since May 2018.

“I cherish this town from the bottom of my heart. ... I’m excited to serve and give it 100%, so let’s do it together and serve together, and make a difference in the lives of the citizens that are here and coming here,” McCoy said, addressing the crowd at the meeting.

What residents need to know

McCoy, who also serves as the president and CEO of the Fulshear Regional Chamber for Commerce, takes the mayor seat after the June 15 runoff election against District 4 City Council member Joel Patterson. McCoy won with 858 votes to Patterson’s 519 votes, according to canvassed results.

The runoff comes after a tight May 4 election, in which Patterson led McCoy by one vote, followed by the office’s third candidate, Dominic Giametta Jr.

“I want to commend Joel Patterson on a fine race,” McCoy said. “I love the spirit of it—and that’s what makes our country great is that people can step up and give themselves. And when you give up yourself and your time, it’s truly what makes our system work.”

Looking back

In a video statement posted to Facebook, Groff thanked residents, council members and city staff, and said he will continue to be involved in the community and serve, although he is not sure in what capacity.

“It has been an incredible honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Fulshear for the last six years. There have been some challenges, but there’s been lots of really good things that have happened over these six years,” he said in the video. “I can’t say thank you enough; I am incredibly humbled every time I think about this opportunity.”

In case you missed it

Officials swore in other May 4 elected City Council members during a May 14 special meeting, including:
  • District 2: Patrick Powers, replacing Debra Cates who reached her three-term limit
  • District 3: Christina Baron, who ran unopposed and has served in the role since September
  • At large: Jason Knape, who retained his position after beating challenger Kim Stacy
Also on the agenda

Patterson was also appointed to continue his service as the city’s mayor pro tem and will serve an additional term of one year.