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Commissioners Court bids farewell to Davis

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court marked the end of an era on Tuesday with Commissioner Ron Davis’ final appearance on the dais during a regular voting session. After 18 years, the Precinct 1 representative is hanging up his spurs at the end of the month and handing his seat over to fellow Democrat Jeff Travillion. Davis’ colleagues honored him at the beginning of the meeting with a staff-produced video featuring archival clips, including Davis’ 1998 swearing-in ceremony. Commissioner Margaret Gómez commended Davis for his experience, Commissioner Gerald Daugherty praised his tenacity and Commissioner Brigid Shea applauded his tireless efforts on behalf of environmental justice. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced that, as a retirement gift to Davis, she and several county executives went in on a subscription service that will deliver each month to the avid angler a fresh set of fishing lures. As for himself, Davis thanked God and his family for supporting him throughout his career. He also noted that his great-great-grandparents once lived as slaves in the same area of Travis County that he served as commissioner. Finally, he recalled a luncheon held in his honor that he attended earlier this month. “When we left out of there, everybody was riding high on love, l-o-v-e,” Davis recounted. “That means a lot, and I think we need to do more of it in my opinion, just love each other. That’s what we should do.”

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