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Straight from the horse's mouth


Precinct 4 Commissioner Jordan “Jody” Rutherford is announcing his bid for re-election to the Office of the Commissioner for Precinct 4, Bandera County. Commissioner Rutherford and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 23 years and have lived in Bandera County 28 years. They have four children with two graduating from Utopia High School and two from Bandera High School.
Jody has served on a local school board for more than 16 years and as a member of a volunteer fire department for more than 45 years, and more than 30 years of that as Fire Chief. Mr. Rutherford also was a founding member of Utopia EMS, serving as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) for eight years and as a volunteer paramedic for another eight years.
During these years in EMS, Commissioner Rutherford attained the status of one of few EMS training coordinators and EMS instructors, coordinating EMS training in rural areas throughout South Central Texas. The same company, a small rural communications company, has employed Mr. Rutherford for more than 56 years.
Before his first election, Mr. Rutherford worked with former Commissioner Doug King to start the process that kept the Bandera County Show Barn under the direction of Bandera County 4-H. Upon election, Commissioner Rutherford took on recycling throughout Bandera County by applying for grants from Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), receiving approximately $45,000 towards the purchase of a new bailer and construction of a recycle facility located at Mansfield Park. This facility now has four bailers and sells recycled products by truckload directly to the recycling plants. This benefits the county by partially funding recycling efforts of the county.
Mr. Rutherford has been effective in working with the Bandera County Visitors Bureau to produce annual audits and quarterly reports to Commissioners Court.
Commissioner Rutherford serves as a member of Polly Texas Pioneer Association, as the liaison from Commissioners Court to Bandera County EMS, and as liaison to Bandera County Sister Partnership Association. As your Commissioner, he attempts to answer each and every email, phone call, and written correspondence he receives. He strives to steer people to the correct department of Bandera County government with their questions and assists them with possible solutions.
“I am committed to keep our county tax rate low, but to spend funds on necessary projects, such as EMS, law enforcement, judicial courts, and roads and bridge department,” he said. Commissioner Rutherford remains committed to Precinct 4 constituents, and to all of Bandera County residents and taxpayers, treating all equally with respect and the fairness they deserve.
“I appreciate everyone’s effort going to the polls and am asking for your support and vote for my re-election to Precinct 4 Commissioner in the March 6, 2018, Primary Election.
Thank you.”