FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
KYLE — Former Kyle Mayor James Adkins died Jan. 3 in a Dallas hospital where he was being treated for prostate cancer. He served as mayor between 1999 and 2003 during a period of rapid population growth in Hays County’s second-largest city.
Mayor Todd Webster, who won election in 2014 over a three-person field that included Adkins and former council member Brad Pickett, released this statement about Adkins today:
“I met James Adkins a little over fifteen years ago. He was the mayor of what was then a very small city and, as many folks tend to do when they are upset about something going on in town, I had sought the mayor out to air a grievance. Rather than take offense to my criticism, he asked me to serve on the Planning Commission and it would not be long before we were serving together on the city council. In time we would form a friendship that had strengthened in recent years, something for which I will always be grateful.
“Much can and should be said about James Adkins and of his accomplishments during his service to the City of Kyle. He possessed an unwavering commitment to our community because he cared so very deeply about people. He was someone who wanted to build something great here and was optimistic about our community and what we could accomplish together. James stepped forward to lead during a time of tremendous growth and helped move the city forward. He approached the city’s challenges with a sense of purpose and helped assemble a team that could address those challenges. I am thankful because Kyle is a much a better place because he chose to do so.”
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