Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 18, 2013

New council member settling in

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Monte Montgomery is the newest face on the Athens City Council.

The longtime local contractor was named interim to fill the seat vacated by Jerry Don Vaught when he slid over to the mayor’s chair in November. The unexpired term runs until May.

Montgomery previously served on the Athens Substandard Building Commission, a position he held since 1996. His spot on that body may have been instrumental in the city council choosing him to join them when Vaught replaced Randy Daniel.

“I think because I was the current chairman on the Substandard Building Commission, and because we had some activity between us and the city council, I was fresh on their minds,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery was surprised to get the call, although he had previously entertained thoughts of someday being a councilman.

“I have wanted to run for the city council, and had mentioned it to some of my friends,” Montgomery said.

The new councilman now has two regular meetings, and two council workshops under his belt.

“I’m very pleased with the work that the previous councils have done,” Montgomery said. “It’s a wonderful city, and hope I can be an asset, and serve the people of Athens.”

Montgomery grew up in Athens, and moved away just long enough to get a degree in business administration at Tarleton State University.

Lisa, his wife of 33 years, graduated from Texas Christian University, and is a speech and language pathologist.

“We both finished at the same time, and moved right back to Athens,” Montgomery said.

The Montgomerys have two adult children, Weston, 26, and Trent, 24.

Montgomery has owned and operated Montgomery Unlimited since 1983, and owns a farm in Baxter,  where he enjoys owning quarterhorses.

He attends First Baptist Church in Athens, and coaches youth baseball and little dribblers.