Precinct 3 Commissioner, Gary Fickes

County Commissioner Gary Fickes is committed to providing the leadership, experience, and knowledge to make Precinct 3 the most desirable area to live and work in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. His 35 years of community involvement as a commissioner, mayor, and community leader have given him the opportunity and first-hand experience in helping to build a truly great area.

Because Northeast Tarrant County (Precinct 3) is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, innovative solutions are required to address pressing transportation and infrastructure needs. The Precinct includes two major airports (D/FW and Alliance) and numerous major freeways.

Commissioner Gary Fickes

Commissioner Fickes has helped guide the approval and start of construction on two major projects: The North Tarrant Expressway and the DFW Connector. Both projects were approved in the first quarter of 2009 and represent over $5 billion in improvements toward increased mobility and reduced congestion in Precinct 3. All major freeways have undergone reconstruction to add capacity and reduce congestion.

Commissioner Fickes supports quality economic development because it is a proven tool for job creation, improves property values, creates sales tax funds, adds value to the community, and improves the quality of life for the region. It brings increased payrolls, more spending power and creates a better economic environment for everyone.

Healthcare is an important issue to Commissioner Fickes. Since being elected, he has worked to improve patient care/outcome and patient access at John Peter Smith Hospital. He has helped create *five new school-based clinics in Precinct 3, the Gertrude Tarpley JPS Healthcare Center in Watauga, and the JPS Medical Home at Northeast Tarrant in Euless. Commissioner Fickes served as Chairman/Trustee at Harris Methodist Hospital HEB and as a Trustee for the Harris Methodist Health Foundation. 


Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Science, 1972


Wife, Kathy Fickes
Son, Christopher
Son, Corey and wife, Kacey, Grandchildren Evie and Jack
Daughter, Jennifer and husband, Alex Styers

Present Community Involvement

Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition and Executive Board, Member, Past Chairman
Regional Transportation Council (RTC) through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Member, Past Chairman
Public Employee Benefits Cooperative (PEBC), Chairman, Member
NACo Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC), Member
NACo Transportation Steering Committee, Vice-Chairman, Member
TEX-21, Chairman, Member
Metroport Cities Partnership, Member, Past Chairman
Northeast Leadership Forum, Member, Past Board Member
Metroport Meals on Wheels Advisory Board, Member
West Texas Judges and Commissioners, Member
Colleyville Executive Organization, Member
Southlake Executive Forum, Member
Grapevine Rotary, Member, Paul Harris Fellow Award
Colleyville Lions Club, Member
A Wish with Wings, Board Member
Mid-Cities Care Corps, Board Member
HEB Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, Member
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, Member
Keller Chamber of Commerce, Member
Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Past Chairman
Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, Member
Tarrant County College Foundation, Board Member
Community Enrichment Center, Board Member
Tarrant County Back to School Round-Up, Liaison to Board
Tarrant County Mental Health Connection, Member
Tarrant County Historical Commission, Court Liaison
Northeast Senior Leadership, Member
Grapevine Chamber Senior Service Alliance, Member
Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, Board Member

Past Community Involvement

Mayor, City of Southlake 1989-1996
Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman 1986-1989
Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Chairman 1987-1988, 2002
Harris Methodist Hospital H.E.B., Chairman/Trustee 1996-2008
Harris Methodist Health System, Trustee 2003-2007
BSA, Scout Master, Committee Chairman 1983-1999
Tarrant County Mayors Council, Chairman/Member 1989-1996
Tarrant County 911 Board of Manager, Vice-Chairman/Member 1989-1996
Texas Southwestern Cattle Raiser Association 1996-Present
National Rifle Association 1980-Present

Awards and Recognition

Southlake Citizen of the Year


Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow


Rotarian of the Year, Grapevine Rotary Club


Northeast Leadership Forum, Distinguished Community Leadership Award


Texas Department of Transportation "Road Hand" Award


Boy Scouts of America, Silver Eagle Award


International Service Award, Grapevine Rotary Club


Spirit of Enterprise, Greater Keller Chamber


Chairman's Choice Award, NE Tarrant Chamber


Greater Fort Worth Builders Association Partnership Award


John Harbin Visionary Award, NW Metroport Chamber


Clyde Mooney Award, H-E-B Chamber


Excalibur Award, Northeast Chamber


M.A.R.I. Make a Real Impact Award, MCCC


HealthCare Hero Award, Fort Worth Business Press


Distinguished Friend to Seniors Award, MCCC


Community Impact Award, Southlake Style


Bill Ridgeway Spirit of Enterprise Award, HEB Chamber


6Stones Civic Partner Sapphire Award


Bill Ridgeway Spirit of Enterprise Award, HEB Chamber


Paul Harris Fellow Award, Grapevine Rotary


County Awards and Recognition

Northeast Newsletter -

  Texas Association of Counties, Best Practice Award for Delivery of Service


Empowering Seniors -

  Texas Association of Counties, Best Practice Award for Innovation


Empowering Seniors -

  National Association of Counties, Achievement Award



*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 27, 2020, all JPS School-based Clinics are closed - except the Grapevine/Colleyville Health Center. There is no scheduled date to reopen the other clinics at this time.