Civic leader honored to serve city
In a public ceremony at Richmond City Hall, Evayln Wendt Moore was sworn in as Richmond’s new mayor at 4 p.m. Monday. Moore will serve the unexpired term of her late husband Hilmar G. Moore, who served as the mayor for 63 years and was America’s longest serving mayor in office. The ceremony marked a new historical path for the city as Moore becomes the first woman mayor to serve. The term expires in May 2014.
Fort Bend County Commissioner of Precinct One Richard Morrison presided as she took the oath on a Bible that had belonged to her husband and was read each night. It was gifted by his older son, Hilmar Moore, Jr.
“I’m very honored to be serving our city,” said Moore. “I’m very pleased the Commissioner’s have the confidence in me to ask me. I feel that I’ve learned many of the do’s and don’t over the past 28 years and I approve and appreciate, as well as have great confidence, in our city’s administration and its employees.”
As a city we will have many growth and new business opportunities, added Moore, in a recent interview. Referring to city programs such as recycling, on-line bill pay, and the upgrading of equipment, she added that with the new innovations that have been occurring the city will continue to move forward. “The city has a very good working relationship with local and public officials, the county judge and Commissioner Morrison,” she said. “The cities of Rosenberg and Richmond have a good working relationship and we’re sound financially. We balance our budgets..”
Moore feels there is so much more to look forward to once the completion of Wessendorff Park occurs and new developments in Historic Richmond and the Farmer’s Market expand.
Moore, whose maternal grandfather served as a Fort Bend county judge, has deep roots in Richmond. Her parents, Billie Hunter and Jack Wendt, are active civic leaders on state and national levels and in the the community as well..Moore’s service to the city, county and state has included serving as president and as a docent of the Fort Bend County Museum Association, a trustee of the Southwest Cattle Raiser’s Association, an officer in the Richmond Garden Club, a member of the OakBend Hospital Board, and as a member of the Fulshear Cemetery board. She is currently active in the Friends of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission. She has been actively engaged in the rice farming industry with her sisters for many years.
Moore recalls that she was in the first group of women allowed to enter Texas A&M University in the fall semester. “Previously women were only allowed to go to A&M in the summer school, and only if married to an Aggie or the daughter of a professor.”
“I will do my best to honor my husband’s memory and the integrity of our city,” said Moore.
Moore was appointed on the local government code, Section 24.026, which describes how a general law city can fill a vacancy. City Commissioner’s include Bill Dostal and Gary Gillen. City manager is Teri Vela.