The North Houston Association recently awarded Commissioner R. Jack Cagle the North Star Award for his work improving the region’s mobility and expanding the Spring Creek Greenway.
“Commissioner Cagle is a champion of beautification and mobility, leading projects such as the Sam Houston Tollway direct connector project and the expansion of the Spring Creek Greenway,” said Darrin Willer, North Houston Association chair.
The award is given to north Houston residents who have made a long-term, significant contribution to the region. Other North Star Award recipients include Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects Director Pamela Rocchi who earned the award last summer for her impact on the area’s mobility.
Commissioner Cagle has a long history of serving the citizens of Harris County Precinct 4 over the past 30 years as an attorney, elected judge, and now county commissioner. He began his role as Precinct 4 commissioner in 2011 when County Judge Ed Emmett appointed him to office.
“My role as commissioner began with Judge Ed Emmett, who wanted a partner in transportation and infrastructure,” said Commissioner Cagle. “I am so honored today to be able to receive the North Star Award. It’s an appropriate award because no matter where you are in the world, if you can spot the north star, you know where you’re going.”
As commissioner, Cagle represents 1.2 million residents, oversees a staff of 469 employees, and manages a budget of $245 million.
He has served as a representative on the board of the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Board of Directors of the statewide Public Power Pool. He also recently won the Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award for his work expanding the Spring Creek Greenway.
Until his appointment to Commissioners Court, Cagle served 11 years as judge of Harris County Civil Court-at Law No. 1. Harris County voters elected him to the bench countywide in 2000 and re-elected him in 2002, 2006, and 2010.
As judge, Commissioner Cagle consistently earned high ratings from the Houston Bar Association and received numerous awards from legal, business, political, and community groups. Twice recognized as “Judge of the Year” by law enforcement groups, Cagle was also recognized by the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and served as an officer in the Association of Women Attorneys. He was elected by his peers to be administrative judge for the County Civil Courts and president of the Texas Association of County Court at Law Judges.
Commissioner Cagle is a graduate of Rice University with triple majors in economics, history, and managerial studies, as well as a graduate of Baylor Law School.
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