Joe Jaynes announced earlier this year that he would be retiring after 16 years as Collin County Commissioner for Precinct 3. Now the year is over, and his going-away party is planned for Thursday, Jan. 10 at Bill Smith's Café in McKinney.
In a note Jaynes posted on his website, he thanked people for their friendship and support. "I hope that I have represented you well," he said, "and look forward to continuing our friendships in the future."
McKinney mayor Brian Loughmiller worked several years with Jaynes as the city and region grew.
"I want to commend Commissioner Jaynes for devoting his time in service for the county," Loughmiller said. "Much of Joe's contribution has been in the area of transportation improvements throughout the county.
"While we did not always agree on every issue I know that Joe's intentions were always centered on what he believed was in the best interest of the county. Joe served during a time that our county experienced exponential growth. Having experienced the same issue on a municipal level I can appreciate the issues surrounding budget management while meeting the needs created by fast growth. Commissioner Jaynes was well versed in many of the technical issues surrounding core county responsibilities and was always accessible when our city council requested input from our commissioner on share projects. I wish Commissioner Jaynes good luck and success in his future endeavors."
Jaynes pointed out a lot changed and was accomplished in his 16 years as commissioner, including:
• Managed over $2 billion in transportation projects
• Constructed over 800 miles of new roads
• Preserved approximately 700 acres of new parkland
• Added 750 jail beds
• Increased funding for volunteer fire departments
• Achieved an AAA bond rating
• Built a new courthouse
Jaynes also made sure to let voters know his opinion on taxes.
"I am also proud to say that I never voted for a tax increase and even with all the projects above the tax rate is lower than it was when I took office," he said.
Back in April, Jaynes endorsed local businessman and civic leader Ray Eckenrode to replace him in the primary, but Eckenrode lost to Republican Chris Hill 54-46 percent. Hill ran unopposed and won election in November.
Jaynes has lived in Collin County since 1987 and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce for McKinney, Allen, Farmersville, Frisco, Melissa and Princeton. He was the Republican Precinct Chair from 1992-96 and served as a delegate for the Republican county and state conventions.
He received his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in 1985 and his Juris Doctorate from SMU in 2004.
The party for Jaynes runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The invitation below was sent to all the constituents on his e-mail list.