On October 3rd, 2011, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett made a great decision by appointing Jack Cagle as Harris County Commissioner of Precinct 4.
The Houston Chronicle featured a great piece on “Cactus Jack” Cagle. Here is an excerpt:
JACK Cagle plotted a road map for his life when his peers still were daydreaming of being superheroes or race car drivers.
The plan was simple but ambitious: He would become a lawyer, then a judge, then hold another elected office that would allow him to shape public policy.
His NASA-employed father saw a law career as impractical. Why not be an engineer, he asked? But the path seemed natural to Cagle. Every few generations, going back to the 1600s, the family had produced a judge.
Born in Seattle and brought up in southeast Harris County, Cagle graduated from Rice University and Baylor Law School – picked because it claimed to produce more judges than its rivals – and soon became a precinct chair for the Republican Party.
He ran for his first bench in 1996 and lost, but won an open County Civil Court at Law seat in 2000 and was re-elected twice.
Earlier this month, Cagle, 50, was appointed Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner by County Judge Ed Emmett, taking over for Jerry Eversole, who resigned as part of a plea deal in a federal corruption case.
Cagle, nicknamed “Cactus Jack” by his grandfather, said he has had little time for reflection.
“I loved being a lawyer,” he said. “I had one of the best ways to serve the populace as a judge. This just happens to be one of the few that’s better.”
Those who know him say Cagle’s road map was not the work of a blindly ambitious schemer. They describe him as kind, calm and humble.
Commissioner Jack Cagle is an experienced, down-to-earth leader that will be a great asset to the people of Harris County Precinct 4.