Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon was recently named Person of the Year in the E-T’s Best of Erath County Reader’s Choice awards.
Weldon was present at the awards dinner last week and received an engraved plaque.
“It is an incredibly humbling honor to be selected for this award, there are so many deserving folks that live in this great community,” Weldon said. “This past year I’ve had the privilege to serve alongside so many wonderful people and I’m constantly reminded that we are blessed to live such a generous town, where hard work and a giving heart still matter.”
Weldon graduated from Stephenville High School in 1981 and was elected mayor in 2012.
In 1985, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and earned a master of science in engineering and environmental management, and a master of science in national security strategy.
Weldon served 26 years in the military as an Air Force civil engineer officer and has commanded or led organizations at the installation, Military Department and Secretary of Defense levels.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church, the NCT Workforce Commission, American Legion Post 240, the Stephenville Chapter of Optimist International, the Texas Hereford Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Stephenville High School Academic Hall of Fame and is on the Stephenville Education Foundation board, the TSU Military Veterans advisory board and the Ranger College advisory board.
“It has also been exciting to support many new economic development initiatives alongside the SEDA board, STEDCO, Chamber, the county and the volunteers who serve our community,” Weldon said. “My work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has provided an opportunity to give back to coaches and young athletes in our community. Finally, my work with my church, teaching a Bible class and serving our congregation has provided a reminder that my daily service to others is ultimately and most importantly, service to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Weldon also has many proud moments as mayor.
“My proudest moments involved events where our wonderful community comes together in a spirit of unity. Stephenville is uniquely Texan — friendly, hardworking, independent and educated,” Weldon said. “We are at our best when we are working together to achieve a common goal for our community.”
Weldon went on to list some specific things that make him proud.
“There are wonderful displays of patriotism during the 4th of July and veterans parades. A reminder of our competitive spirit at state championship Yellow Jacket football game or Honeybee soccer match. The celebration of our western heritage during the Cowboy Capital PRCA rodeo of By-Gone Days on the Bosque. Our celebration of our downtown square at Holly Jolly Christmas and Sundown on the Square. The cooperation displayed by the city, county, Chamber of Commerce and Tarleton to aid economic development opportunities by supporting our local employers. The Ministerial Alliance hosting a Day of Prayer event for the local churches in our community and offering an opening invocation at our monthly council meetings. The law enforcement community working together to support the Chris Kyle murder trial in a professional and flawless manner. Memorial Day with the American Legion to honor our fallen heroes. The Fields of Faith school event to support a fellow student and family in need. The numerous fundraisers hosted by organizations such as Evening Lions, Rotary and Optimist to provide for the youth in our community. The Day of Service with Tarleton students and faculty giving their time and talents to volunteer throughout town. Finally, it is a proud moment when I’m out of town, out of state, or out of the country and hear someone say, ‘I’ve been to Stephenville and loved it there, it is such a friendly, welcoming place.’”