A changing of the guard will take place Monday night at Red Oak City Hall where Dr. Mark Stanfill will be sworn in as the city’s new mayor.
Stanfill replaces Alan Hugley, who has served the community in the role since 2007.
Stanfill is a practicing veterinarian and previously served on the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees. He is confident of the leadership team in place at city hall and is excited about the growth that is underway.
“I think that we have got leadership already. Todd Fuller, city manager, is a wonderful man and in a great situation to help us,” Stanfill said. “All his staff that he has working for him are the right people at the right time. It is exciting.”
According to the Red Oak ISD website, Stanfill is a 1983 graduate of Red Oak High School. He was elected to the board in 2004 and served as vice president. Stanfill earned his bachelor's and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M University. He served on the Red Oak ISD Education Foundation board for eight years and is the president of the Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association. He opened the Animal Hospital of Ovilla in 1999.
Stanfill stated Hugley left the city in an excellent position with new businesses and industry, like the Triumph Group, investing in the community. He hopes to continue along that path and add to the quality of life for residents.
“It is exciting. I like the beach, and I like the waves. If you are not watching sometimes, those waves will swallow you. Sometimes you can really ride a wave and go a long distance. I think that we are right on the cusp of that,” Stanfill explained. “The growth is coming, and you can’t prevent it. So we want to manage it in the proper way. That is what I am looking forward to being able to help to do.”
Stanfill added he wants to enhance resident’s quality of life with amenities such as parks and new businesses like restaurants. By doing so, he hopes more people will look to invest their time and money into the community.
As mayor, Stanfill also hopes to strengthen the relationship between the city and the school district by working together on projects.
“We knew that Mayor Hugley was not going to be able to run again. My board president at the time, John Hawkins, said, ‘If you live in Red Oak you need to keep that ball rolling,” Stanfill recalled. “I started talking about it in November and going to board meetings and seeing what is going on. I put my name in.”
He added there are a lot of opportunities to grow the relationship between both governing bodies to build a stronger Red Oak.
Since Stanfill ran unopposed in the election, city staff have worked with him over the past two months. Staff members have also updated him on the state of the city and current developments.
While Hugley's term as mayor is concluding, Stanfill shared he will lean on him for knowledge and support.
“He has done a great job in keeping this ball rolling. I would be foolish to create a square and knock those edges off. I am sure going to rely on him,” Stanfill explained. “He has got so much knowledge on past negotiations, so I am sure that I will be able to pick his brain.”
Stanfill will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Monday at Red Oak City Hall, located at 200 Lakeview Parkway.
“I am excited about being able to work with the council and Mr. Fuller,” Stanfill added. “I hope that I can make a bridge if there are any gaps and get the information to the council members so they can make the best decisions for the community.”