Hi! My name is Cecil Funderburgh, and I am running for election to the office of County Clerk of Eastland County. I’d like to take just a few moments of your time to tell you about myself and why I want to be your County Clerk.
I was born in 1940 at the old Blackwell Hospital in Gorman. My Father and my Grandfather both worked for Texas Electric Service Company in De Leon and Eastland, and I guess I inherited some of their love for electricity, because for many years, I owned and operated my own radio and television repair shop in Gorman. I served four years in the United States Air Force working with electronic navigation systems.
I am very happily married to the former Patty Pryor Shannon, and I feel so blessed that God sent her my way! Together, we have six children and ten grand-children, and three great-grand-children! Needless to say, family is a very high priority in my life!
I love working with people! When I retire from the City, I want to continue my career of public service, and what better way than to serve as County Clerk of Eastland County, where I will come into contact with people every minute of every day, working closely with the County Court. Those of you who know me know that I am dedicated to service. Those of you that don’t know me, I want the opportunity to show you my level of devotion. I consider myself a person of very high integrity, morals, and character.
I’ve always had a desire to work in an occupation where I could help others, so I entered the field of law enforcement in 1979 as a patrol officer for the City of Gorman. I served the citizens of Gorman for eleven years, ten as their Chief of Police, before I moved to Eastland and was appointed Chief of Police for Eastland Police Department in 1990. I taught traffic law, DWI, and accident investigation at the Regional Law Enforcement Academy from 1983 until 2004. I also serve as Emergency Management Coordinator and Floodplain Administrator for the City of Eastland. I am currently in my 20th year of service to the citizens of Eastland, and I am looking forward to many more years of service to Eastland County.
I have served on the Eastland County Child Welfare Board, the Board of Directors of Eastland County Crisis Center, Eastland County Crime Stoppers, the Eastland County Dispatch Advisory Board, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and Homeland Security Committee for West Central Texas Council of Governments. I served as president of the Eastland County Law Enforcement Association, vice-president of the Eastland County Peace Officers Association, and served for several years on the Gorman Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1984, I was honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Eastland County Newspapers, received the Community Service Award from the City of Gorman in 1990, and Eastland Kiwanis Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1993. Also in 1993, I received the Employee of the Year award from the City of Eastland. I was honored as Rotarian of the Year in 1995, received the Community Service Award from the City of Eastland in 2000, and received the Public Safety Excellence Award from the Eastland Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
In 1994, I applied for and was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services division to help start the Eastland County Crisis Center to provide services to victims of family violence. That organization has grown and evolved into the Crime Victims Assistance Center and the Child Advocacy Center in Eastland, providing services to children and victims of sexual assault and family violence. I started the “Light Up Our Kids” program in 1991, the Bicycle Safety Program in 1994, and the Eastland Citizens Police Academy in 1995.
I mention these accomplishments to illustrate my passion for innovation and positive change. Our world is a great place, and with just a little effort, we can make it better. I think that my background in public service as administrator of two law enforcement agencies and my record of professional integrity make me well-suited and qualified to serve as your County Clerk.
During my 30+ years of service to the public, I have never forgotten that I work for YOU… the taxpayers. My record of fairness and impartiality will be continued in my new capacity as your County Clerk, if I am elected. I expect the County Clerk’s office, under my guidance, to be a professional, efficient, and customer-friendly place. I firmly believe that an elected official should be much more than just an employee, and I would expect no less from my staff!
I am asking for your vote, your influence, and your support in the Republican primary election on March 2, 2010.
Pol. Adv. authorized by Cecil Funderburgh, 413 E. Foch St., Eastland, TX 76448