Wilbert Austin, Sr.
Term Expires May 2018
Council Member Wilbert Austin, Sr. was elected to the Waco City Council on May 13, 2006, as the representative for District I. He has served as the Pastor of the Peaceful Rest Baptist Church in Moody for the past 26 years. Austin previously worked at Owens-Illinois until his retirement.
Austin is a graduate of A.J. Moore High School in Waco. In 1990, he graduated from the Guadalupe Seminary. Austin served as the City of Waco Mayor Pro Tem from May 2009 to May 2010 and May 2015 to May 2016.
He continues to volunteer and serve his community through the following organizations: Member, Eastern Waco Development Corporation Board of Directors, Member, Heart of Texas Council of Governments, Member, Caritas Board of Directors, Past Equal Opportunity Advancement Corporation (EOAC) Board of Directors, Past EOAC Head Start Board of Directors, Past President of the East Brazos Neighborhood Assn., Past member for Waco Transit Advisory, Past board member for United Way.
Councilman Austin also serves on the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. He has two sons, Wilbert Austin, Jr., and Edrick Austin, and four grandchildren.
On May 24, 2017, Council Member Austin sent a letter of resignation with regret that he resigns his position on the city council for health reasons.
The City Council will begin accepting applications to fill his vacant position on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Residents of District I meeting the qualifications to serve on City Council have until 5 p.m., Friday, June 2, 2017, to submit an application to the City Secretary, to serve the remaining year of Council Member Wilbert Austin’s term.
Applications and a list of qualifications are available at the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall 300 Austin Avenue, Waco, Texas 76701, and on the City of Waco Elections Web Page.