New Council Members/Mayor take the reins in Wolfforth

The Wolfforth City Council met on Monday, May 18 for a regularly scheduled meeting including the swearing in of two new Council members and Mayor. Debbie Perkey and Corey Layman were sworn in to take the vacated seats of Julie Merrill and Mike Bickle. Ms Perkey comes to the Council after retiring from the city of Wolfforth in late 2019 after 31 years of service, including the last 25 years as City Secretary. Over her many years of service, she worked at the City of Wolfforth Library, for Wolfforth EMS as well as served on various City Boards including the Wolfforth Economic Development Corporation as Secretary/Treasurer and the Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. Councilwoman Perkey earned her Bachelors degree in Organizational Management in 1999 from LCU and her Masters of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2009. Councilman Layman is a 1992 Texas Tech graduate and also earned his MBA in 2016. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations  for Amarr/Entrematic, a leading garage door manufacturer and distributor, overseeing 71 distribution centers across the US, Mexico and Canada which includes approximately 475 employees. He has lived in Wolfforth since 1995 when he married his wife Candace, a life-long resident. Corey has served on various boards for the City of Wolfforth over the years including the Zoning Board, Board of Adjustments, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board.

Monday’s nights meeting also saw the end of an era in Wolfforth as Dr Charles Addington retired from his position as Mayor for the City of Wolfforth. After 22 years of service as both a Council member and Mayor, Dr Addington was recognized last night as being a part of the tremendous growth Wolfforth has seen over the last decade as well as an integral piece of making Wolfforth the vibrant community it is today. Dr Addington also retired in 2018 as the Fire Chief of Wolfforth and has remained a staunch supporter of the Wolfforth Fire and EMS Department. It was an emotional night as he left the Wolfforth City Council meeting for the last time. He encouraged the new Council to “lead with your head but most importantly, to lead with your heart.”

Mike Wright, a life-long resident of Wolfforth and graduate of Frenship ISD, was sworn in as the new Mayor of Wolfforth. Mayor Wright is currently the Executive Vice President, Agriculture Lending at City Bank in Lubbock. Mr Wright graduated from Texas Tech University in 1977 majoring in Business Administration and has served this community in many ways over the years. Mayor Wright served for 20 years on the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees serving as Vice President for 3 years and President for 3 years. He has been involved in the Wolfforth Lions Club, Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce, Wolfforth-Frenship Masonic Lodge 1447 and has served as the President of the Wolfforth Economic Development  Corporation. When asked why he has chosen to serve the City of Wolfforth as its Mayor, Mayor Wright says, “Having been here so long, I have watched the City grow and we are in a position that it will really grow in the next several years and I just wanted to be a part and have some direction of that growth. We have such a great staff and with the makeup of the new council, should make for a great working relationship.”

Congratulations and welcome aboard to Wolfforth’s new Mayor Mike Wright and Council members Debbie Perkey and Corey Layman.