Welcome to the City of Cross Plains, Texas
Ray Purvis was born in Cross Plains, Texas in September of 1943. He attended Cross Plains Schools where he graduated in 1962. Ray attended barber college and graduated in 1963. He established his first barber business in Clyde, Texas and then in Albany, Texas. Because of his love for Cross Plains, Ray purchased a local barber business in Cross Plains in 1965 when it became available. Then, in 1973, he purchased another local barber business, becoming the only barber in Cross Plains. He continues to serve the citizens of Cross Plains and the surrounding communities in this business. In 1969, Ray married Kathy Payne. Ray and Kathy have two children - Angie and Kevin. On April 25th, 2010, Kathy passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.
In 1978, Ray was appointed to the City Council to fill the position of another member of the council. After serving the remainder of that term, Ray sought a seat on the council in general election. He was elected to the council where he served the citizens of Cross Plains until 1990. In 1990, Ray ran for Mayor's office and was elected to a two year term. In 1992 Ray was once again elected to the City Council . Then in 1994 Ray was elected as Mayor and has continued to serve in this capacity to the present, gaining re-election after each two year term. In total, Ray has served the citizens of Cross Plains for 30 years with integrity and authenticity.
During his tenure as Mayor the City has seen significant changes and progress in both infrastructure and operation. Ray was instrumental in the acquisition of several properties for the purpose of supplementing the City's water supply. In the late 70's, the City acquired the Spivey well field and a new raw water line was laid to bring this much needed water to town. Afterwards, the City built a new sewer system, a new City Hall, new parks, Community Center, and many other quality of life improvements. City streets have been paved and new operating equipment has been purchased for the smooth operation of our City.
Ray attends First Baptist Church in Cross Plains and is part of the audio and video team. Ray is also a 32nd degree Mason and serves as Secretary of this organization. Both Ray and Kathy have dedicated many years to the citizens of Cross Plains and are highly respected members of the community.
OFFICE OF MAYOR
The mayor is elected to a two year term, serves as the Executive Officer of the City, and along with five council members governs the City of Cross Plains. All five council members are elected to office to serve two year terms. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards. As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges when the case reaches a tie vote. The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval. The City Administrator assists him in the day to day operations of city government. The city has five departments serving the citizens of Cross Plains with six full time employees and two part time employees.
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