Houston: An Indian American has been appointed as the deputy mayor of the city of Stafford in Texas, becoming the first person of the community to hold the post in the US state.
Ken Mathew, has been unanimously appointed as the a Mayor Pro Tem (deputy mayor) of the city of Stafford, Texas. He is the first Indo-American to become a Mayor Pro Tem in the State of Texas.
Mathew, married with two daughters, said, “I want to see a clean and efficient government at all levels. I see before me Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa as my idols.”
He added that the defence minister of India also inspired him, “I also see a rare politician, like AK Antony, the current defence minister of India, as a living example of what a public servant ought to be.”
Mathew, known as soft spoken yet confident person is originally from Mumbai and has done his graduation from University of Bombay, India. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Detroit.
He is serving his second term on city council for the city of Stafford. Mathew said he was humbled and honoured to serve the residents of Stafford in his new role as Mayor Pro Tem.
Stafford, a city of approximately 20,000 people is located in Fort Bend County with 20% Asians including 8% Indians.
The Mayor Pro Tem performs the mayor’s duties during his absence and retains the right to vote on all matters before council while performing the duties of the mayor.
Stafford is the only city in the State of Texas with no property tax.
A recent Fortune magazine poll has found the city as one of the best places to live and launch a business among forty thousand cities in America.