Waco Chat

Dillon Meek

By Kevin Tankersley

Mayor of Waco

“I think the future is going to be bright.”

Serving as mayor has been truly the honor of a lifetime. One thing I’m really proud of is having been able to build a team of competent, strategic leaders. We have a great culture on city council. That is not something I accomplished by myself, but hopefully stewarded and carried a legacy of collaboration and pragmatism and working really hard to be strategic and get along with people. That kind of culture permeates everything that we do at City Hall. We have a lot of desire to be ambitious, and to do daring, forward-thinking projects at the city with creativity, but at the same time be rooted in pragmatism. But more importantly than that, we have a really great team of people with great hearts and are able to work well together. And getting to have played a role in stewarding that culture and maintaining that culture, I think is something that I look back on with a lot of joy and thankfulness.

I’m really excited about the development of 60 acres in downtown Waco. I think the market is ready for it. And we’ve got some great traction around building a strong team to really develop out that land. A lot of different developers from around the country have already expressed interest in participating in various ways.

There’s been legitimate, significant interest from very qualified ball club owners to develop a minor league baseball park in downtown Waco. I was questioning when I first learned of it, but then after traveling to some of these locations and seeing what kind of activity it spurs for the downtown economy, was convinced that this could be a good thing. And it’s worth exploring.

I’m excited about Foster Pavilion opening and the riverfront development getting closer to being complete and seeing how electrified downtown is. More importantly, I’m thankful for the jobs that have come to Waco since 2019. Over 3,000 jobs have come into the economy since 2019. These are good-paying, entry-level jobs that require varying degrees of skilled training. But if you need a good job at a decent wage and don’t have much training, then there’s a job for you here. If you want to get training and get up-skilled, we have programming for that. We’ve really worked strategically to build a middle class and create opportunities for people should they want to take them.

I think the future is going to be bright. We’ve got a great city manager. None of this would be possible without (city manager) Bradley Ford and (deputy city manager) Deidra Emerson and (city attorney) Jennifer Richie at Waco City Hall and the entire city management team and staff members who put their blood, sweat and tears into every event. I get called to talk to cool magazines like you guys about it, and they’re the ones who are making it happen. We’ve got a great team of people who deserve a lot of honor and I’m incredibly blessed to have gotten to work with them and believe that they’re gonna keep doing great work, and our next council is going to be solid and stable and keep the good momentum going.

Dillon Meek served on the Waco City Council from 2015 until 2020, and was elected mayor on Nov. 3, 2020. He’ll step down from that role when his term expires in May, but he and his family aren’t leaving Waco. Meek will continue working at First Title Company of Waco, and will be able to spend more time with his family. He and his wife Lindsey have been married for eight years and have two children: Mabry, 7; and Davis, 5.