Two-term mayor led Georgetown amid significant projects
Former Georgetown Mayor George Garver died July 27 at home in Kansas, city officials announced Tuesday. He was 85.
Garver was elected mayor in 2008 and served a second term after being re-elected in 2011. He did not seek a third term in 2014.
In the six years that Garver served as mayor, the city completed a number of significant projects, including widening Williams Drive, building the Public Safety Operations and Training Center and Fire Station 5, and constructing the new Lakeway Drive bridge over Interstate 35.
“Mayor Garver gave of his time and energy to serve the city he loved,” Mayor Dale Ross, who succeeded Garver, said in a statement. “He contributed to our community in so many ways as an educator and a leader, and we appreciate his service.”
Former Council Member Gabe Sansing said Wednesday he was very sad to hear Garver had died.
“Hewasverylevelheadedand open-minded, and he would always weigh things before he made a decision for the best possible outcome,” Sansing said. “He was a well-educated man, and he listened before he spokeandhadgreatmanners.”
The Garver family will host a public celebration of his life from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 in the City Council chambers at 101 E. Seventh St.
Garver was 76 when he defeated Doug Smith in the 2008 mayor’s race with 62 percent of the vote. He had been interim superintendent of Georgetown schools during the fall semester of 2007 after Superintendent Joe Dan Lee resigned to join the Texas Association of School Boards. He also was the dean of the college of education at Arizona State University West and superintendent of the Houston school district.
Garver won his re-election bid in 2011, earning 71 percent of the vote to defeat John Marler.
During that campaign, Garver said he had done what he promised when first elected: improve the relationship between Georgetown and Sun City, which was strained when the City Council approved building more roads into Sun City in 2006. Residents opposed the roads because of concerns about traffic, said Garver, who lived in Sun City.
Before moving to Georgetown, Garver was superintendent of the Houston school district from 1970 to 1974 and later became superintendent in a suburban school district near Detroit before ending his education career as dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University-West in Phoenix.
He also served on the Sun City Community Association Board and the Sun City Advisory Board.
George Garver was 76 when he won the 2008 mayor’s race.