First 90 days: At the time of this publication, I have been in office for 90 days. I have learned a lot and still have A LOT MORE to learn. I am very fortunate to have a very knowledgeable and supportive staff to assist me.
As Mayor, I have presided over several city ceremonies, attended several public functions, and represented the city at numerous local, county and state meetings. I have been interviewed by our local county radio station KSAQ twice and San Antonio TV station KSAT 12.
The Texas Municipal League constantly offers training seminars throughout the year to city officials and employees. I have already attended a couple of seminars. I will continue to take advantage of the training opportunities to augment my knowledge in city government in order to better serve our city. In addition, I will continue to work on developing/ improving our city’s relationships with our local, county, state and federal officials/representatives. I have regular meeting/ briefings with the different city department heads to maintain situational awareness of city business. I will continue to utilize my leadership skills, knowledge and experience to provide guidance to lead our city forward.
As Mayor, I only have a two year (19 months left) term guaranteed in office. I have created a bucket list of things I would like to accomplish within my first term. There are several community events I hope to get scheduled throughout this year and next. I hope the events will become annual traditions. (More information later) I plan to create a city staff position to help coordinate different events and activities for our community, prepare grant request, and manage the city webpage and the city Facebook page. I am working on some projects to economically develop and improve the appearance/image of the downtown area. (More information later) I have heard some citizens mention a need for a child day care center? steak restaurant? pizza restaurant? If there is anyone interested in opening some kind of business in our city, please give me a call, 830-742-3479, if I am not available, please leave a message.
My goal is to improve our city’s infrastructure, economic development, and service to our community. Overall, improve our city and its image for our citizens to be proud of their hometown, the City of Poteet. With that, I thank all our citizens who take pride and work hard to keep Poteet looking beautiful.
See you at the meetings, if not maybe around town.
Mayor Willie Leal, Jr.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may E-mail him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.