Steve Dixon is looking forward to getting back into Flower Mound leadership when he takes the oath of office of mayor of Flower Mound on Tuesday.
Dixon defeated Cathy Strathmann last week in the runoff election for Flower Mound mayor, with 53-percent of the vote. He will serve a three-year term.
Dixon served on Flower Mound Town Council from 2009 to 2011 in Place 1. Then, after taking a year off, was elected to serve two consecutive two-year terms on council in Place 4, from May 2012 to 2016. He also sat on several boards and commissions between 2004-2009 and is an active member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce.
Dixon said Town Council will hold a strategic planning session in July that will give each Council member the opportunity to voice their ideas on how to make things better in Flower Mound.
“I will encourage each member of council to bring up any topic they feel is important; and, council will decide how best to proceed with each idea,” Dixon said.
Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos and Dixon have already scheduled some meetings to get Dixon updated on such matters as regional transportation and capital improvement projects.
“I want to make sure that I am ready to do my part to serve the citizens of Flower Mound on the first day of my three-year term,” Dixon said.
He added that these meetings are important to him, because he has not been on council for two years and, “I need to get reacquainted with things that have changed.”
Dixon is confident he’ll get back into the swing of things quickly, thanks to his previous time on council and other town boards and commissions. He said he already has a good working relationship with administrative staff and town leaders, plus he knows the system, so, “that’ll help me help council get things done for the betterment of Flower Mound.”
He said he ran for mayor understanding that there are many men and women in the town who could do a good job as mayor, but many of them don’t have the time or desire to do so.
“Serving on council or as mayor can be a thankless job,” Dixon said. “I wanted to help out. I figured if I can make constructive criticism, I should also be willing to serve.”
As mayor, Dixon wants to bring people together.
“If you’ve paid even a little attention, you can see how unpleasant local politics can be,” he said. “As presiding officer of Town Council, I will try very hard to bring all sides to the table and listen to all viewpoints. When you have a respectful environment and everyone has the same heart for doing the best thing for Flower Mound, we will all see it as a positive.”
Dixon said he will strive for “cohesiveness on Council and inclusiveness as an elected body” for the common good of the town.