WHO WE ARE
Gary Fickes - Chair
Dedicated leadership, a record of producing results, strong integrity and tireless work ethic to make Northeast Tarrant County a great place to live and work.
Gary Fickes has been serving the citizens of Northeast Tarrant County for over 30 years. He has dedicated most of his adult life to giving back to the community.
In addition to serving as your full-time County Commissioner since January 2007, he has served as a Mayor, Planning and Zoning Chairman, member of local, state and national transportation organizations, hospital boards and bank boards.
Beyond his role as a public servant, he has also been actively involved in service organizations including Rotary International (where he is a Paul Harris Fellow), Lions Club, Chambers of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America and Northeast Leadership Forum.
Gary has been re-appointed to the Governor’s Economic Development Stakeholder’s Committee, and he serves on the board of directors of the Harris Methodist Health Foundation, the executive board of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, and he is a member of the Regional Transportation Commission of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Gary is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Fort Worth.
Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Science, 1972
Christopher, Restaurant Manager, 40
Corey and wife Kacey, Attorneys, 32
Jennifer, BSN, RN, CPNP, 30
Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
Oversee County operations in Precinct 3, Northeast Tarrant County, which encompasses 16 cities and the unincorporated areas of the Precinct. Maintains a full service maintenance facility with a staff of 35 employees, manages an office staff which includes four employees at two locations (Hurst, Southlake).
Fickes Dorety Development Co., Co-founder & Partner.
Founded in 1994, an integrated real estate development firm.
Mike Frisbie, P.E. - Vice Chair
Mike is San Antonio’s City Engineer and Director of Transportation & Capital Improvements. He manages a department with over 800 employees who build and maintain the City’s infrastructure, including roads, drainage and buildings.
Frisbie joined the City of San Antonio in September 2007. During his 25-year career, Frisbie has been involved in many programs and projects and has fostered much teamwork amongst agencies, consultants and contractors. In San Antonio, Frisbie works with the engineering, architectural and contracting communities to produce excellent, long-lasting projects.
When he arrived in San Antonio, Frisbie managed the 2007-2012 Bond Program, a $550 million and 150-project bond program that was the largest in the City’s history. After successfully delivering this program, voters expressed their confidence in the City to manage bond programs by passing the 2012-2017 Bond Program, allocating $596 million for 140 projects. In the past seven years, the City of San Antonio has managed over 500 infrastructure improvement projects totaling an estimated $2 billion.
Some of the notable projects that were managed under Frisbie’s leadership include the renovation of Terminal A and building the new Terminal B at the San Antonio International Airport. The award-winning Public Safety Headquarters project, using the Design-Build delivery method, was finished on time and within budget. Along with remarkable projects like the Lila Cockrell Theater renovation, complex street projects like Broadway-Hildebrand Drainage and Market Street Realignment were finished on time or ahead of schedule.
Frisbie’s teams are currently managing several prominent projects including the $325 million Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion. This project, currently ahead of schedule and under budget, is the single largest capital improvement project undertaken by the City of San Antonio.
Frisbie’s department also maintains City infrastructure. He manages the Infrastructure Management Program (IMP), a five-year rolling program utilized to plan and schedule various street, alley, drainage, sidewalks, traffic signals, pavement markings and Advanced Transportation District (ATD) related projects.
Frisbie also oversees the continuation of the Traffic Signal System Modernization (TSSM) program, a five-year program created to upgrade the City’s traffic management communications network and re-time over 1,300 traffic signalized intersections city-wide. The TSSM program continues to optimize signal timing and decrease traffic congestion along major City corridors.
Frisbie began his career with the City of Sandy, Utah, working as a Staff Engineer and then Division Manager. He worked for the City of Phoenix for 14 years in leadership positions overseeing projects, operations and infrastructure maintenance. Prior to coming to the City of San Antonio, Frisbie joined the URS Corporation in Phoenix as the Municipal Engineering Manager, leading the Municipal and Traffic Engineering teams.
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Wyoming
Professional Engineers License, State of Texas
Professional Memberships and Community Involvement
American Public Works Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
Concordia Lutheran Church
Construction Management Association of America
Construction Owners Association of America
Honorary Commander/Air Education and Training Command
Institute of Transportation Engineers
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization/Transportation Policy Board
Society of American Military Engineers
Frisbie grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. Frisbie and his wife are the proud parents of three children – Jacob, Zachary and Macey. The family enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Tim Welch Secretary/Treasurer
Tim Welch, P.E. was first elected in November 2002 to fill an unexpired term and re-elected seven times. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem 2005-2006, and is currently serving again as Mayor Pro-Tem. He previously served on the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee 1999-2002 and served as Vice Chairman of Planning & Zoning Commission in 2002.
Mr. Welch was born in South Dakota and raised on the family farm south of Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School and attended North Dakota State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1986. He is currently the President/Owner of Welch Engineering, Inc., a consulting civil engineering firm specializing in general land development projects throughout Texas. Tim has been a licensed Professional Engineer for 24 years.
Tim and his wife, Donna, have been married for 34 years and have lived in North Richland Hills for 26 years. Donna is a school teacher at Keller ISD and teaches middle school Career & Technology. Mr. Welch’s current memberships include American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and Northeast Richland Lions Club.
Boards & Committees
-Birdville Independent School District-Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Partnership Committee
-Director of the Northeast Richland Lions Club
-Fort Worth Wholesale Water & Wastewater Advisory Committee, Secretary
-Greater Fort Worth Builder Association, Board of Directors
-Hammer and Nails, Trustee
-North Central Texas Council of Governments Cotton Belt Corridor Strategy Committee
-Northeast Leadership Forum
-NRH Alternate Representative on the Regional Transportation Council
-NRH Chairman for the Capital Improvement Program
-NRH Crime Control & Prevention District
-NRH Landscape Review Board
-NRH Representative on the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Big Fossil Creek Watershed Policy Committee
-NRH Representative on the Regional Rail Corridor Study
-NRH Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones No.1 and No.2
-South Central High Speed Rail and Transportation Authority, Inc., Board Member (SCHSRTA)
-TEX-21 (Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century), Chairman
-Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, Board Member, Secretary & Executive Committee Member, (THSRTC)
-TEX Rail Corridor Environmental Impact Study Community Resource Council Member
-Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Fort Worth Branch, Engineer of the Year, 2012
-Texas Public Works Association Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Historical Restoration category, 2010
-NCTCOG CLIDE Awards, Redevelopment category, 2009
-Partnership Award from the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, 2004 winner, 2006 finalist
-Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions Club International Foundation, 2003-2004
-Lion of the Year from the Northeast Richland Lions Club, 2002-2003