Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
In 2011, I attended a very serious meeting which concerned a person whom I had never met by the name of Charlie Riley, although Charlie wasn’t there. The meeting had nothing to do with the County government.
During that meeting, I met one of the most genuinely kindhearted souls I’ve ever known, a man who has never said a bad word about anyone. That man was and is Jim Clark.
Jimbo and I hit it off almost immediately. We started meeting each other at lunch together at Chuy’s to discuss business, our families, sports, or just the topics of the day. I came to learn that Jim was one of the most successful commercial realtors in our community.
In 2014, he decided to run for County Commissioner. He wanted to help East Montgomery County, the part of this community where he grew up and which he loves.
When Jim Clark came into office on January 1, 2015, he began to help me learn a lot about County government. Jim Clark always wanted to be the “People’s Commissioner” because he loves the people who are his constituents.
He worked tirelessly as a commissioner, but he became seriously sidetracked by agreeing to become the Commissioners Court overseer for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.
Animal Shelters shouldn’t be part of government, because they shouldn’t be political.
Despite our disagreements on Shelter operations, I don’t doubt that Commissioner Clark always want to do his best to help the animals and the animal-loving community,
When the Commissioner finally got away from the Shelter in December, 2016, he began to shine. He did a superb job focusing on road bond projects. He took $80 million of road bond funding and leveraged it into more than half a billion dollars of State-funded projects which required a small local share.
On September 5, 2017, Commissioner Clark had his greatest day in office when he stood up to the other members of the Commissioners Court and voted “No” on the County Budget. He disagreed with the process and the increased levels of governmental expenditures.
If it were not for cancer, the dreaded disease, I have no doubt that Jim Clark would not have lost his bid for re-election, which was only by a mere 173 votes.
In reality, during his last two years, he’s paid attention to the details and to the big picture, and he’s approached them with who Jim Clark really is: a decent man, who loves Montgomery County, and doesn’t have a malicious bone or thought in his body or mind.
Thank you, Jimbo.