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Suarez marks 12 years as Converse mayor

May 14, 2019 GMT

Cheerleaders, band members, dignitaries and family members filled the Converse City Council chamber in a surprise tribute to Mayor Al Suarez, who this month marks his 12th year as the city’s mayor.

Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert was one of several speakers who addressed the mayor and council on May 7 about Suarez’s tenure and the accomplishments the council has realized in recent years.

“I know mayor that by looking at what’s happening in Converse, this is a very proud moment for you,” Calvert said. “All of you here on council represent citizenship at its highest level. Being responsive to your citizens’ needs 24-7 is a high calling. We do know the sacrifice that all of your families make, and mayor, you’ve certainly been there.”


When Judson girls’ basketball coach Triva Corrales presented Suarez with one of the gold medals her squad received this spring for its Class 6A state basketball championship, Judson High Principal Jesus Hernandez III “struck up the band,” as members of the Judson High School band launched into the Judson fight song.

Hernandez thanked Suarez for his continued support of Judson academics and athletics and held up a Lady Rockets Way street sign that will be posted May 17. The city decided to rename a portion of Rocket Lane as Lady Rockets Way in honor of the team’s state championship.

City Parks and Environment Department vice chair Marcelo Buckley, a 15-year resident of Converse, presented Suarez with a plaque thanking him for his 13 years of city service, 12 as its mayor.

“I have seen Converse grow into an exciting, colorful city with a great variety of homes, businesses, schools, churches and entertainment, not to forget our awesome parks,” Buckley said. “We are growing very steady and attracting many new residence and businesses. We are delighted to honor you for your 13 years of continued and unselfish service to the city of Converse.”

Judson ISD public affairs director Steve Linscomb thanked Suarez for creating and developing a relationship with the Judson schools.

“I don’t know if there’s anybody outside the school district organization that attends as many meetings, as many events, and just shows that support for the staff, teachers, students and administration, as you do,” Linscomb said. “It shows you are one of those individuals that, along with the council, see the importance of public education in the community, and the value in it. We appreciate that.”


Suarez thanked those in attendance and quickly turned the praise onto the council and city staff.

“This is what it’s all about,” Suarez said. “This just shows you’re doing it the right way, because this isn’t just about one person. I’ve got a good team up here, a good team in the audience and foremost I have a great wife, Misty.”

Suarez talked about accessibility and the constant phone-ringing, email answering and door-knocking that go with being a reachable mayor.

“The phone never stops ringing, there are constant emails, and people even knock on our door now, because they know we’re going to answer ... and take their concerns very seriously,” he said. “I’m not complaining, I think that’s good. That (accessibility) is important to me.

“But this isn’t about any one person, it’s about the team,” the mayor said, adding, “We’ve got a great city manager, we have a good council, and we have responsive department managers. That’s what it takes to get things done, teamwork.”