Commission were ingrained in Gillespie


Gillespie natives Cameron, Ransleben rolled with rapid changes


We pause to give a salute to two outgoing Gillespie County Commissioners before their successors are sworn in on Jan. 1.

Curtis Cameron and Calvin Ransleben are two Gillespie County natives who are ending their service-oriented careers, and two who have been a part of the fabric of the county as it grows and changes.

Cameron was a rancher and businessman for more than half a century, having served on the boards of two local banks. He also served on the Gillespie County Appraisal Review Board and was very active in the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

The former Air Force Reservist became Precinct 1 Commissioner in 2004 and served as county judge pro tem for much of that time.

Ransleben also has a ranching background, and served for 36 years with the Veterans Administration after his time in the Army Reserves. He also had a supervisory career at Mooney Aircraft.

Ransleben represented Precinct 3 for four terms, in the part of the county that sees frequent flash flooding. He did important work coordinating funding with various agencies to help offset the costs of bridge and road repair, enabling the county to keep its funds for other projects and services.

Both men kept their eyes on Gillespie County’s precious water supplies and helped this county to have some of the best county roads in the Hill Country, which is no small part of the area’s development.

Serving in a rapidly changing county has been an exercise in diplomacy as well. Commissioners today must take into account the interests of long-time residents and newcomers, who often have different views about what constitutes governmental services.

And both men have served with the innate conservatism that is part of this land — a desire to keep the land pure, the taxes low and the state and federal government at arm’s length.

Lastly, both men have raised strong families and served their churches loyally, two important parts of rural Texas that help weave a strong societal fabric.

We know their successors — Dennis Neffendorf and Charles Olfers — will do a fine job representing their constituents. But we wanted to pause to offer our thanks for the service of these two gentlemen.

County commissioners are always on call and must always have a broad view of the success of the entire county. Both of these commissioners did so without fail.

Kudos and a happy and healthy retirement to both