By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
It’s been 16 years of meetings, not to mention a myriad of other “must attend” galas, dinners and meetings throughout the county for Collin County Commissioner Joe Jaynes (Precinct 3). But now Jayne’s duties are over. Deciding not to run for re-election, his seat is now in the hands of the newly elected Chris Hill.
Collin County dignitaries and friends attended at farewell party for the gregarious Jaynes on Thursday evening at Bill Smith’s Cafe in McKinney, with some saying that it’s hard to believe that Jaynes won’t be serving as a county commissioner any longer.
How does Jaynes feel about the end of an era of service? “I haven’t had time to think about that,” Jaynes said, also commenting that “I’m just going to lay low for a while.”
First elected in 1996, Jaynes was reelected to the position three times with an overwhelming majority. Jaynes said he would not rule out future public service saying he enjoys serving.
Jaynes has proudly stated that he “never voted for a tax increase” and that “the tax rate is lower than it was when I took office.”
During his tenure as a county commissioner, the following projects were accomplished:
- Managed over $2 billion in transportation projects
- Constructed over 800 miles of new roads
- Preserved approximately 700 acres of new parkland
- Added 750 jail beds
- Increased funding for volunteer fire departments
- Achieved an AAA bond rating
- Built a new courthouse.
Photo: Joe Jaynes (R) greets friends during his farewell party at Bill Smith’s Cafe.