David Gibbons, Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Council Member, was sworn into office for his first term in 2016.
David is a proud fourth generation Texan. Ancestors on both sides of his family arrived in the late 1840s. He has lived in Garland since 2004, first living in the Orchard Hills neighborhood in south Garland before moving to the Firewheel area in 2010. But with family connections residing in Garland since right after World War II, David has visited Garland regularly most of his life.
“I love that Garland is both an old and a new city. Our neighborhood in south Garland was built in the 1950s. Today it has mature trees, different style homes, stories of the neighbors, multi-cultures and mixed resident ages. Our Firewheel neighborhood, while 30 years newer, is very similar. I like that Garland, while being a big city, still has that small town feel.” David says. “I also love the cultural diversity of Garland. But I would like to see us do more to help in sharing and celebrating the differences within our citizen population.”
Volunteerism is very important to David. He has served as treasurer of Good Samaritans of Garland, a local food pantry, and was also treasurer of his neighborhood association, Firewheel Farms. He recently finished serving on the Campus Improvement Team for Abbett Elementary School and has been a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels for the past six years.
Professionally, David was an executive with CCMC, one of the nation’s premier management companies for master-planned communities, active adult communities and large-scale resort communities. During his 33 years, he volunteered as a trustee of the Community Associations Institute and chaired a Blue Ribbon Task Force for more than two years that created the National Board of Certification for Community Associations Managers. In 2011, David stepped down from his executive role, but remains a senior consultant.
“I have been overwhelmingly blessed in my life. I consider myself one of the luckiest guys around. And, so it is important for me to give back in terms of time and service. I decided to seek a City Council seat to help develop the policies that will prepare Garland for the future,” says David.
David is most concerned about aging infrastructure, recruiting and retaining the best professional staff, redevelopment to improve the tax base and ensuring the best quality of life for all Garland residents, regardless of their background, economic status, language or other differences.
David and his partner, Mark Wilson, share their home with Gracie Allen, a mixed breed rescue dog.