Gene Terry Retires

Read his final Staff Report and fond farewell

By County magazine

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Gene Terry will retire on Dec. 31 as Executive Director of the Texas Association of Counties (TAC). 

Terry joined TAC in 2004 as an Education Project Manager/Staff Attorney. In 2007, he became TAC Operations Director and then served as Assistant Executive Director for one year before becoming Executive Director in 2010. 

Terry served as Marion County judge from 1994 to 2004. He served on the County Judges Education Committee before joining TAC and graduated from Southwestern University and St. Mary’s University School of Law.

“My time at TAC has been an extension of my choice to serve Texas counties,” Terry said. 

“I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such good people, both at TAC and in our courthouses. You have made me a better person and I thank you all for that,” he said. “I anticipate the next chapter in life but have no idea what it will bring. I will not, however, turn retirement into another job. My lovely wife, Pat, is in charge of that. Thanks for the memories.”

On Jan. 1, 2019, TAC Judicial Program Manager and former Ector County Judge Susan Redford will become the Association’s new executive director.  “Susan Redford is ideally suited for this job. She has the experience and skill TAC needs and is a born leader,” Terry said. “I expect her to provide an extraordinary future for the Association.”

On Our Cover - “The Gold Watch”

This issue’s cover features a painted portrait of Gene Terry and Oscar, a Coton de Tulear considered the “King of the Terry household.” The artist is Pat Terry, Gene’s wife of 25 years. Her work, titled, “The Gold Watch,” was her retirement gift to him and hangs in their home.

Pat began what she calls “her painting retirement” four years ago with a focus on oil painting of portraits. Gene and Oscar’s portrait took 18 months from start to finish. The style is realism, which began with an underpainting in Verdaccio, then direct painting with the mixing of her own paints. She intends to continue her study in art and painting of oil portraits in hopes of leaving a lasting legacy of work for their family and friends.   

Below are Pat’s self-portrait and note to Gene about her gift.

Read Terry's final Staff Report and watch his farewell speech at the 2018 TAC Legeslative Conference