Veteran, former city attorney to fill open Wimberley council seat

A former city attorney and Vietnam Veteran has been appointed to the Wimberley City Council dais after the abrupt resignation of Patricia Kelly in December 2018.

Patrick Rehmet, a Wimberley resident and former city attorney for the cities of Alice, Johnson City, Blanco and Austin, was appointed to the Place 5 seat after a recommendation from Council member Mike McCullough.

Rehmet, a civil engineer, practicing attorney for more than four decades and a war veteran, said he is excited to work on the council, citing his previous experience in local government.

Council members Gary Barchfeld, Craig Fore and Allison Davis did not bring a recommendation to the council.

“I look forward to being a knowledgeable voice on the council,” Rehmet said. “It’s time to serve the community.”

Rehmet’s appointment to the city council occurred in the middle of the city’s highly contentious wastewater battle.

As a civil engineer, Rehmet said he has worked on wastewater and sewage issues with other cities during his time in the public sector.

Rehmet said he plans to conduct “research based on fact” before weighing in on Wimberley’s wastewater woes.

Rehmet takes over Patricia Kelly’s council seat, which came open after her resignation in late 2018. Kelly citied communication and administrative difficulties with Mayor Susan Jaggers as her reason for resigning.

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