Doug Svien ran unopposed in his bid to become the mayor of Stephenville in the May 5 election. On Tuesday, Svien was sworn into office during a ceremony at City Hall.
We asked the new mayor if he would answer a few questions so residents can learn a little more about him.
Here is what he had to say.
Tell us about yourself, your career and family.
I earned a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian College in the college of Biblical Studies in May 1975. My emphasis was in international studies/missiology. In 1977 I earned a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University from the college of communication disorders (most folks know it as speech-language pathology).
Much of my clinical practice was at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. While there I came to Central Elementary and did evaluations and worked with teachers in the area of special education. I also am certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and Licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
From 1977–1986 I worked for the State of Texas as a speech-language pathologist and as director of rehabilitative therapies.
In 1987 I moved to Stephenville to work for the Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral and Developmental Healthcare. From 1985–1988 I also consulted with a company in Georgia called KMG Corporation. My role was to travel to several other states and perform evaluations on individuals with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.
In 1991 I went to work for The Company of Rock House. In my 27 years at Rock House I have had the privilege of working with a wonderful, professional and caring group of folks who all have the same mission in mind … the development of others who have not had quite the opportunities I’ve experienced.
I have learned a lot from them. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin for work serving as president of the Providers’ Alliance for Community Services of Texas.
I also serve as a member of the Medical Care Advisory Committee with the Health and Human Services Commission. The MCAC is an advisory group to the State of Texas. The committee is comprised of physicians, pharmacists, hospital administrators, medical school professors, advocacy groups and professionals providing services to the aged and disabled.
How long have you lived in Stephenville and what do you enjoy most about living here?
I moved here in January 1987 and my family moved here in March 1987 after my second daughter was born. Mostly, I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met during my 31 years in Stephenville. You can’t help but see that the people in this community are caring and giving.
As mayor, what is on the top of your to-do list?
We will meet June 12 to address the vacancy on place 3. Work with city staff to develop a city budget that begins a long-range vision for maintaining our infrastructure.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spending time with my wife. Sherilyn has been the love of my life for 44 years. We love to travel. Sherilyn has been a CPA since 1980. She has worked for Boucher, Morgan and Young since 1987. Folks often say, “Oh, you’re Sherilyn’s husband!” I’m proud to say “yes” because she’s a wonderful Christian woman, wife and many around this area would say a “heck of an accountant.”
Spending time with my children. I have two daughters. My oldest daughter lives in south Texas near San Antonio. She is married and has one daughter (one of the most precious I’ve ever seen). She works as a RN in Seguin. My son-in-law works in the oil industry in the South Texas region. My youngest daughter lives in Houston. She is a volleyball coach and the women’s athletic coordinator at a 4-A high school. She and her husband were married in December 2017. Both of my daughters married wonderful men I am proud to have in our family.
Being with Christians. Whether teaching Bible classes or working with small groups, my association with other Christians is very important.
I love to play golf, but unfortunately I don’t get to play as much as I’d like.
I enjoy traveling, locally, nationally and internationally.
What is the biggest thing you hope to accomplish as mayor?
Develop a water well field on the 500-plus acres the city owns off Hwy. 67. Also to work with the council and SEDA to ensure the development community outside Stephenville hears that “we are open for business.”