Sometimes, things that do not happen are remarkable.
The fact that League City Mayor Tim Paulissen did not draw a challenger in the November election is one of those things.
It’s been awhile since League City has had a two-term mayor.
And, although it’s generally a good thing when voters have choices, League City needs some stability.
City Hall has a horrible — and richly deserved — reputation of running off competent people.
It’s had an endless stream of top administrators.
The best don’t make an issue of it.
They just leave.
Paulissen has been one of the quiet forces working against that trend.
A mayor’s chief power is in the power of the chair, and the tone of the council’s meetings has changed under Paulissen’s leadership.
People get their say — but they don’t get to endlessly bash.
He runs a crisp business meeting.
Paulissen has been a good mayor.
He’s involved in the community, showing up at countless events, showing that he — and by extension, the city’s elected leadership — cares.
He also understands and can articulate the city’s greatest challenges.
If you doubt that, ask him about what League City must do to ensure its water supply.
Few elected leaders have as good a grip on the details.
Under his watch, the city has accomplished a lot. It’s continued to grow. It’s cut its property tax rate. It’s completed an impressive renovation of City Hall. It’s invested in parks. And, it has made good plans for addressing the challenge of making sure everyone has water.
Paulissen has been a good mayor — not a perfect one.
His votes in support of the recent censure of Councilman Dennis OKeeffe and of an ill-considered resolution on immigration were disappointing.
Maybe that’s the price one pays for being an unopposed mayor in Galveston’s County’s largest city.
But, overall, Paulissen has been exactly what city government needs. He’s been steady.
• Heber Taylor