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Connecting Communities

Mayor Pam Frederick believes Bullard is a shining star in East Texas and is proud to be a part of its progress.

The city of Bullard was highlighted during Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, as part as part of the “Connecting Communities” initiative. Mayor Frederick gave a presentation about the city.

Mayor Frederick has lived in Bullard for 24 years and has been serving as the city’s mayor for seven years. She also served as councilwoman for eight years.

Mayor Frederick grew up in Freeport, but she and her husband met at Stephen F. Austin State University and fell in love with East Texas.  She has been a teacher for 28 years, teaching in Jacksonville for 13 years and Bullard for 10 years. She currently teaches fourth-grade math and science at Jack Elementary in Tyler.

After building a new home in Bullard more than 15 years ago, she discovered things within the city’s government that she did not like. She said she was always the type of person who felt that people who don’t like the way things are being handled but only complain about it instead of taking action, are part of the problem.

“I wanted to be a part of forward progress and change,” she said of why she first ran for city councilman.

After completing two terms, she decided running for mayor seemed like a perfect fit so she put her hat in the ring.

“I have enjoyed my service tremendously … being part of a team that led to progress and positive change,” she said.

During her service to Bullard, the town has seen a slow shift in focus over time, she said. They have added new water lines and water wells and expanded the sewer plant. With that slow transition, the city is preparing for its continued residential growth and more toward commercial growth, Mayor Frederick said.

 “Bullard is a shining star in East Texas and I want to continue to be a part of seeing that progress take place,” she said.

The city was formed in 1867, but became known as Bullard in 1883. The first city council was formed in 1948.

Bullard Independent School District and the Brook Hill School, which also contains the American Freedom Museum, have caused the city to grow tremendously.

“We are in the business of managing that growth,” she said.

From 2000 to 2010, Bullard experienced 114 percent growth in its population, and is on track to have the same increase by the next Census. From 2010 to 2017, the city has grown 62.4 percent, to about 4,000 residents, she added.

Mayor Frederick plans to retire from teaching in the next year or two, and dedicate even more of her time to serving the community. She and her husband of 27 years, Wade, have one daughter, Taylor, 21, and a son Mason, 25.

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