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Mayor Announced as WCTCOG President

Posted on: November 5, 2021

Mayor Robert Mangrum Announced as WCTCOG President

Mayor Mangrum

On Tuesday November 2, 2021, the Mayor Robert Mangrum of Early, Texas was nominated and appointed as the West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG) President. Mayor Mangrum has been the mayor of Early since 2005 and has served on the board for WCTCOG for several years. In 2017, he was elected as the Second Vice President and served a two-year term, after which he was elected as the First Vice President and served another two-year term. As of Tuesday, of this week, he is now the President of the organization.

“I’m very humbled and honored by the action.” Said Mayor Mangrum in a recent interview. 

West Central Texas Council of Governments is a political subdivision or governmental unit of the state of Texas serving the 19 counties, including cities and other districts, of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton in a rural area encompassing 18,000 square miles.

The “COG” addresses issues such as regional and municipal planning, economic and community development, hazard mitigation and emergency planning, water use, pollution control, 9-1-1 services, law enforcement training, community programs, including senior citizens, persons with disabilities and veterans.

Mayor Mangrum will be replacing Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls as President now that Bolls’ term has ended. The WCTCOG has been a huge asset to the City of Early in many ways. Several grants that the City has received recently have come from the WCTCOG. Mayor Mangrum’s involvement with WCTCOF and his attendance at the monthly meetings that has kept him involved and aware of the availability of these grants. Grants received from the WCTCOG over the years of Mayor Mangrum’s involvement have totaled into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

In the position of President of the WCTCOG, Mayor Mangrum will have the opportunity to impact positive changes in the region.  The WCTCOG “is a really big operation with a budget just over $14 million per year.   It uses these funds to operate and provide a variety of services in its 19 county region..” Mayor Mangrum stated. Another WCTCOG responsiblity is emergency communications and 911 services.   By providing equipment and services to cities and counties it can save them millions of dollars.. 

The Mayor will serve a two year term, and is honored and humbled to be serving as the President for the West Central Texas Council of Governments. 

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