It’s hard to imagine that the only interaction Pat Christ had with the city when he moved here in 1990 was stopping in to pay his water bill.
Fast forward 23 years, and the now four-term councilman is fully immersed in all things Harker Heights.
“When I meet people I usually ask them what brought them here and they all pretty much say the same thing: Fort Hood,” Christ said, adding that’s what brought him and his family to the area way back when.
“I saw very little of the city because I was so caught up in the day-to-day business of being in the military.”
Christ retired in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel.
His wife, Linda, retired as colonel in 2003 and currently serves as the Army Career and Alumni Program manager. Their son, Michael, also lives in Harker Heights and works as a contracting officer “For The Great Place.”
“The military is still a strong part of our lives, but it’s no longer what our life revolves around,” he said, adding that he fills the rest of his time serving on other boards and volunteering.
Before running for a spot on the council 10 years ago, Christ was very active in the community, including coaching baseball and soccer when his son was in school.
“It was a natural move for me and I knew I could do more for the city as a councilman than I could on the other boards and organizations I served on,” he said. “My goal of being a councilman and a resident is to continue to build a sense of community rather than just being a city that provides for its citizens.”
Change is the one thing that most military families depend on and Christ can attest that Harker Heights has seen its fair share of changes,
“When we moved here there wasn’t even a McDonald’s,” he said, “The city has grown substantially and it’s continuing to grow and I’m proud to be a part of that growth.”