Gary Lofthouse is a veteran banker and business manager who has taken the reins in the City of Beeville’s finance director’s office.
And Barbara Treviño is settling into her desk in the city secretary’s office.
Lofthouse started in the finance office at the end of November, replacing the current city manager, Deborah Ballí.
Treviño is replacing Tomas P. Saenz, who retired last year.
Saenz said this week he will hang around City Hall in January and February to help his replacement learn the ropes.
Former city secretary Mel Bernardo and an interim in that office, Tammy DuBois, have both left the city.
Lofthouse is a native of Corpus Christi and a 1988 graduate of Calallen High School. After earning his degree at Texas A&I University in 1992, Lofthouse moved to Beeville to serve as an assistant comptroller at State Bank and Trust.
He left that position in 1994 to take a job as the comptroller at Coastal Bend College where he worked for the next 10 years.
After that, Lofthouse moved to Kenedy, where he was the business manager at the Kenedy Independent School District. In 2009, he moved to San Antonio to work for the Bexar Metropolitan Water District and later went to work for the Clear Choice Medical Equipment Co.
Then he landed the position here.
When he is not working, Lofthouse said he is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and he spends as much time as possible with his three children.
His 15-year-old daughter is a sophomore at A.C. Jones High School and a cheerleader, and his two sons, ages 8 and 3, live with his former wife in Victoria.
The new finance director is still moving his things to Beeville.
“I know half the people here in town,” Lofthouse said. He has put Mrs. Ballí on notice that he eventually would like to have her job.
“I look forward to spending the rest of my life here in Beeville,” Lofthouse said.
The new city secretary has similar plans. In fact, the daughter of former City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Raul “Rudy” Garza and his wife, Janie, has already spent her entire life here.
A 1979 graduate of A.C. Jones High School, Treviño married and had three sons before going to work as one of the first correctional officers on the staff of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s William G. McConnell maximum security prison outside of Beeville.
That was in 1992, and over the next 20 years, Treviño enjoyed a spectacular rise through the ranks of the Texas prison system.
She was promoted to a position as an intake interviewer at the Garza Units (which were named after her father) and later became a case manager at the same institution.
From there, Treviño served as a chief of classifications at the John B. Connally Unit in Kenedy before being promoted to the position of assistant director of the TDCJ’s Region IV.
During that time, Treviño worked on her education, earning three associate degrees from Coastal Bend College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston at Victoria.
Today, Treviño’s sons are grown, but she has yet to become a grandmother. “I’m blessed that I still have my mom,” she said.
One of her heartaches is that her father did not live to see her sons become men.
“It’s going to be some hard shoes to fill,” Garza said of the fact that she is following Saenz’s position in the city secretary’s office. Saenz held the position for more than 40 years before retiring.
Her one important contribution to the community is that “I’m home grown. I have a special connection.”
Treviño said she decided to retire after completing her 20 years with the TDCJ rather than accept a promotion, because to have taken another job would have required her to leave Beeville.
In fact, her spare time is spent making this city an even more comfortable home. When she is not working, she stays busy remodeling her house.
“I hang Sheetrock; I paint; I tape and float,” she said with a laugh.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.