UPDATED: New Tyler mayor, 3 council members sworn in

Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:14 - Written by

BY KELLY GOOCH,  kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Tyler’s new mayor and city councilmen were sworn in today with family by their side.

During a special called City Council meeting, outgoing Mayor Barbara Bass administered the oath of office to newly elected District 4 Councilman Don Warren, as well as re-elected Councilmen Darryl Bowdre and John Nix.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis then administered the oath of office to newly elected Mayor Martin Heines.

Heines took the oath of office using his great-great grandfather’s Bible, which dates back to the 1800s.

Ms. Bass said Heines will do a fabulous job as mayor, and that she is excited he’s here to serve the city.

Heines, Warren, Bowdre and Nix were sworn in for two-year terms.

After the mayor and councilmembers were sworn in, they went to their respective seats on the dais. The new council then made its first decision – re-electing Bowdre as mayor pro tem. The vote was unanimous.

Bowdre, Heines and Warren then made comments.

Bowdre called Mayor Bass “a tremendous leader of our council and city,” as well as “a woman of extraordinary faith” and “a public servant personified.”

He said she has been a fair and honest colleague, and a straight-forward leader. He said she’s also supported the needs of others and ensured that no segment of the community is left out.

Heines thanked his family for having patience while he ran for office, and Mayor Bass for everything she does. He said he appreciates all of his friends and supporters, and looks forward to the future.

Warren thanked his wife and said Eleno Licea was a great opponent.

He said he now looks forward to serving District 4 and the City of Tyler.

Heines, 51, owns Heines Property Management.

He grew up in Tyler and attended Hubbard Middle School and Robert E. Lee High School.

He studied urban land economics at The University of Texas at Austin and then came back to Tyler in 1985.

He was elected to the District 4 City Council position in 2010 and has served as mayor pro tem. He has worked in various city volunteer positions in addition to his service on the council, including being chairman of The University of Texas at Tyler's Small Business Institute and as a member of the Mayor's Tyler Leadership Roundtable. Heines also serves on the Midtown Area Development Committee.

He said last month that he is committed to keeping the city on a path that is financially conservative and is committed to the volunteer position of mayor.

"I love this community, and it is essential that we do not lose the momentum that we've had for the last 15 to 20 years. That's why I'm volunteering. I take it very serious," he previously said.

Warren, a 56-year-old Tyler native, owns Lomoco Inc., a small oil and gas investment company. He also has been involved with the task force for the proposed downtown arts and innovation center, the Gateway to Hope homeless resource center and the Bergfeld Park Improvement Project.

He attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated from Texas Tech University.

He previously said he wants to ensure that Tyler remains a great place to live and raise a family. He also previously said that he has developed relationships with city staff and city officials, and believes that with good relationships and friendships comes the ability to make decisions and move the city forward.