Incumbent, police chief will go head to head in next Katy mayoral race
Less than a week after announcing his intent to retire from the Katy Police Department next month, Chief William Hastings said he plans to run for mayor in 2019.
The announcement came just four days after Hastings handed over a retirement letter to Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner on Dec. 17 and on the same day that Brawner announced his plans to seek re-election.
“I’m just not ready to give up my service to the community,” Hastings said. “I think that I can help the community to grow in positive ways. Our growing pains have left certain areas (of the city) feel like they have neglected or let down or that they are not a big a part as others. As mayor, I just really hope to bring that sense of small-town, all inclusive feel back to Katy.”
Brawner announced his plans to run for a second term as Katy mayor in a news release Thursday.
“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 statement. “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 campaign to keep Katy on the right track.”
Hastings said the 2019 mayoral election will be “strangest election Katy has ever had” due to the law enforcement history the men share.
The two men go back nearly 40 years to when Hastings was a paramedic with the Village Fire Department and Brawner was a patrol officer with the Village Police Department, Hastings said.
“We’ve never been best buddies, but we do respect each other,” Hastings said. “We work together on different things through the years. I think we both agree that we don’t want any mudslinging or none of the controversy that generally goes with elections in Katy, Texas. I think it will be interesting to watch because without controversy you really end up with not a whole lot of interest.”
Brawner, a Katy area resident for 32 years, retired as police chief of the Spring Branch Independent School District after 21 years in 2016. He served as a Katy councilman from 2013 to 2017, when he was appointed as mayor pro-term by former Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. In May 2017, Brawner was elected as the Katy mayor.
This will be Hastings’s first foray into a politics. He has served as the top cop at the Katy Police Department for 10 years and has been with the department since 1986.
He said the police department “runs like a well-oiled machine” and that after 32 years with the department, it was time for someone else to man it. Hastings has been employed with the city of Katy since 1975.
Brawner and Hastings are the first to announce their intent to run for the Katy mayoral race. Candidates intending to run for office in the city of Katy must file an application by Feb. 15, 2019. The city will begin accepting applications on Jan. 16, 2019. Elections take place in May 2019.