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Former City Council member runs for Ward B seat

April 1, 2019

Steve Pierson has served twice before on the Katy City Council and wants to return. He is running for the Ward B seat now held by James C. (Jimmy) Mendez Jr.

Because he has served three consecutive two-year terms, Mendez cannot seek re-election under terms of the city’s charter.

Pierson is running for the two-year term opposed by Jenifer Jordan Stockdick in the May 4 election.

Pierson, a retired Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, has served on City Council for a total of 12 years. He was term limited in 2008 after serving three consecutive two-year terms and again in 2018.

What top two challenge do you see facing the city in the next two or three years and how would you address them?

1. Growth is a big challenge.

a. Public Safety

b. Infrastructure I would try to make sure that the funds were always available to provide proactive infrastructure and public safety. The more the city population increases the more the infrastructure and public safety needs to stay ahead of the curve.

How long have you lived in Katy?

I have lived in the city of Katy for 21 years. I have lived in the Katy area 38 years.

What’s your education?

I have attended Houston Baptist University and Spring Branch Independent School District schools. I have several thousand hours of law enforcement training.

Why did you decide to run for office?

I am running for the Office of Council Member Ward B because I can make a difference for our citizens. During previous tenures on City Council I was a part of many action items and I want to carry them through. I have and always will be the voice for the citizens of Katy.

What is your profession?

I am retired from law enforcement. I began my law enforcement career in 1977. I have worked for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (16 years as sergeant supervising the Inmate Transportation Division, Central Records, Booking and Releasing and the Assistant Shift Sergeant for the 701 Jail).

What experience do you bring from your work and volunteering that would make you the best choice for this position?

I have 12 years serving on the Katy City Council, as well as serving on the Katy Area Economic Development Board of Governors, YMCA Board and as past president, Katy Heritage Society as president, Tax Reinvestment Zone, Katy Development Authority, Houston Galveston Area Council and Mayor Pro-Tem for two mayors. I have also served the Special Olympics and chaired a fund-raising committee. I chaired a fund-raising committee for the YMCA and raised over the set goal two years in a row. I also worked with the Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team Captain supervising the call out of teams to assist the folks burned out or flooded out of their homes. I have served on many committees at church as well as a deacon.

What should the city do to mitigate the risk of flooding?

The city should always be in a mode to mitigate flooding as well as any other great concerns. The citizens pay taxes and city government needs to remember who they serve — the citizens.

Katy is attracting more development. Can you balance economic growth while keeping the city’s “small-town” atmosphere?

Economic growth can be balanced and managed. Katy has had a small town appeal but certain leaders at City Hall believe that business is more important than our heritage. We can have a city with the small town appeal! We can call Katy our home!

Public safety is a large portion of the city budget. The city just opened its second fire station staffed by 16 emergency responders funded by a grant and the police department has a new chief who has three positions to fill. How do you control costs while providing the level of safety people have grown accustomed to?

Yes. Public Safety is a top priority. There should always be funds available to properly protect our citizens. The City of Katy Administration should strive to keep our citizens safe. We should always be proactive when it comes to public safety. There should be frequent audits of the departments of the city to ensure that the action items set in place are high priority diligently worked with communication to the public on its progress.

karen.zurawski@chron.com