The end of 2022 brought with it the retirement of longtime executive director of the chamber of commerce, Johnny McNally., and the start of 2023 brought in the new director, former elections administrator Lucy Ybarra.
Ybarra, who’s tenure started on January 1st, says the new role helps her “get back to her roots.”
“Fifteen years with Texas Workforce, and lots of workforce developments, and I really hope to bring those skills into Grimes County,” says Ybarra.
If somehow through the years you have no managed to meet Ybarra, rest assured: she is a Grimes County native through and through.
“I live between Anderson and Richards, kind of a mid-town girl…but I graduated from Richards, I am about as proud Panther as you can get. My parents used to have a dairy here, back when the area was known as ‘The Land of Milk and Honey,’ but now they just run beef cattle. But, we have been here since the 1970s,” said Ybarra.
She will be splitting her role partially, and aiding the elections office, as they transition to their new administrator.